Audi also confirmed that its “ambitious” goal of racing in 2026 will involve test cars being on track in 2025, as well as a large expansion of its racing facilities. While the engines will be developed by Audi in Germany, the cars they go into will continue to be designed and built by Sauber in Switzerland.
While Audi confirmed the partnership, and that Sauber will be the official factory team from 2026, it stopped short of confirming the full name of the team, but we would expect it to race as Audi, rather than Sauber, much like the short period of BMW ownership in the mid-2000s.
Finn Rausing, the Chairman of Sauber, said: “Audi is the best partner for the Sauber Group. It is clear that both companies share the same values and vision. We are looking forward to achieving our common goals with a strong and successful partnership.