According to Frédéric Vasseur, it would have been impossible for Sauber to continue in Formula 1 as an independent team if Audi had not come on board.
Sauber, which it currently has Alfa Romeo The partnership will be an Audi factory team from 2026, after the two parties recently entered into a strategic partnership. Vasseur confirms that Audi will build the power unit, which must comply with the 2026 engine regulations, at the Neuberg plant. Sauber is responsible for chassis development.
Looking ahead to the arrival of Audi and what it means for Sauber, Vasseur says: “In the short term it will not have a big impact, unless we know we can start working towards the next step. It will be a big opportunity in terms of recruiting and attracting more sponsors in the future. in the medium term it’s definitely a game-changer to have this kind of cooperation now, because Formula 1 is getting harder and harder.”
The Sauber team should compete against factory teams like Ferrari, MercedesAlpine, but also Red Bull Racing, which has its own engine department. So it’s often harder for independent teams or private teams to keep their heads above water, let alone a chance at a win or a championship. “Formula 1 has made great strides in the last 10 years and surviving as an independent team today is very difficult. [de deal met Audi] it was probably the best option we could have chosen, so we’re more than happy to have such a plan going forward,” said Vasseur.