Audi on the way
In this winter of 2023, the Sauber team has entered a concrete phase of revolution that will lead the squad to welcome Audi as the new owner in 2026, transforming the Swiss team into the factory team of the Four Rings. From 2024, the team will revert to being called Sauber, abandoning the Alfa Romeo denomination it had for the past five seasons.
However, this separation, as well as the transition process towards transforming into Audi, will not jeopardize the historical connection that the Hinwil team has with Ferrari. Team representative Alessandro Alunni Bravi, interviewed by the magazine Autosprint, confirmed the continuation of the partnership with the Maranello-based racing team, which currently provides power units to Sauber, until the end of the 2025 season.
Ferrari engines for another two years
“These are two very different contracts,” explained Alunni Bravi, “and Sauber will continue to race with Ferrari engines in the next two years, 2024 and 2025. The relationship with Ferrari is very important to us.” Except for the very early years of the team, faced with Mercedes and Ford, and the parenthesis with BMW from 2006 to 2010, Sauber has always competed with Ferrari engines, regardless of the team and engine denominations (previously branded Petronas).
Therefore, there is no embarrassment on either side in continuing a partnership that already has a well-defined expiration date: “In January 2023, Audi decided to acquire a part of Sauber from the current ownership. Ferrari has always been informed of the existing plans. The relationship with Maranello is solid for the next two years,” summarized Alunni Bravi.
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