Audi’s Formula 1 Acceleration: Sauber Takeover Signals Commitment

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Audi’s entry into Formula 1 has been accelerated, with plans for a full takeover of Sauber Motorsport ahead of the 2026 season. Initially acquiring a 25% stake, Audi has expedited the acquisition process, signaling a long-term commitment to the Swiss team’s Formula 1 venture.

Xevi Pujolar, Sauber’s F1 head of trackside engineering, welcomed Audi’s increased involvement, citing potential short-term benefits in bolstering the team’s budget and infrastructure. He emphasized the importance of readiness for Audi’s full integration, focusing on team development and performance improvement.

Despite challenges in recent seasons, including a ninth-place finish in the 2023 constructors’ championship, Audi’s accelerated acquisition provides stability and optimism for Sauber’s future. The appointment of key personnel, including Oliver Hoffmann and Andreas Seidl, signifies Audi’s commitment to success in Formula 1.

The move dispels speculation regarding Audi’s wavering commitment to Formula 1 and underscores its determination to establish a competitive presence on the grid. Sauber anticipates leveraging Audi’s resources and expertise to propel the team toward sustained success in the coming seasons.

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