Audi has decided to join Formula 1 with Sauber beginning with the 2026 season.
The German automaker will acquire a share in the Swiss squad in a long-anticipated transaction, making it Audi’s factory entry.
Audi is constructing an engine for its entry when the new F1 power-unit rules for 2026 are introduced.
With Ferrari serving as its current engine supplier, Sauber will compete in 2024 and 2025.
After 2023, Alfa Romeo will no longer brand the squad.
Board of Directors of Sauber Chairman Finn Rausing stated: “The Sauber Group’s ideal strategic partner is Audi.
We can see that we have similar beliefs and aspirations, and we look forward to working together successfully to accomplish our shared objectives.
Oliver Hoffmann, the Audi board member in charge of the company’s F1 endeavors, stated: “We are happy to have found such an accomplished and experienced partner for our challenging Formula 1 project.
From prior partnerships, “We already know the Sauber Group with its cutting-edge infrastructure and skilled workforce and are certain that together we can establish a powerful team.”
The Volkswagen Group, which includes Audi, had also intended for Porsche to make an F1 debut in 2026.
Porsche had hoped to work with Red Bull as an engine partner, but those negotiations fell through when the team insisted on maintaining its independence.
Porsche is continuing negotiations with F1 teams about cooperation, according to a statement released last week by the world governing body, the FIA.
Given that Porsche does not currently have an engine and had intended to collaborate with Red Bull’s new powertrains group, it is still being determined how that would function.