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Audi to partner with Sauber from 2026 Formula 1 season – The Irish Times

German car giant Audi has announced that it has chosen Sauber as the team with which it will enter Formula 1 from the 2026 season.

The manufacturer plans to acquire a stake in the Swiss racing team and make it Audi’s factory competitor. Audi will design the engine for its entry and join the grid under new sports engine regulations, while Sauber will develop and manufacture the race car.

Finn Rausing, Chairman of Sauber Holding, said in a statement: “Audi is the Sauber Group’s best partner. It is clear that the two companies share the same values ​​and the same vision. We look forward to achieving our common goals through a strong and successful partnership.

Audi originally announced its intention to join the sport at the Belgian Grand Prix in August.

Sauber will end its involvement with Alfa Romeo by the end of next season. The team will compete with a Ferrari engine in 2024 and 2025.

Oliver Hoffmann, Member of the Audi Technical Development Board, said: “We are delighted to have found such an experienced and capable partner for our ambitious Formula 1 project.

“We already know the Sauber Group with its state-of-the-art facilities and experienced team from previous collaborations and are confident that together we will form a strong team.”

Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of F1, said: “The combination of these two names is a very exciting prospect for our sport. This highlights the strong momentum in Formula 1. We look forward to seeing their progress over the next few years and the car on the grid for the team’s first race.