Former Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur mentioned the following three years can be used to construct Sauber’s services and spending when Audi arrives.
At a time when there may be a lot rumored and confirmed curiosity in new outfits concerned in Formulation 1, Audi has referred to as their shot by asserting a partnership with Sauber for the 2026 season.
It will see them function as an Audi works workforce with an Audi energy unit, with the brand new era of PUs coming into impact from that 2026 marketing campaign.
Till then, Sauber had three years to place the constructing blocks in place for Audi, with one piece of key enterprise already achieved when Andreas Seidl left his primary workforce function at McLaren to change into CEO of Sauber.
The workforce wants a brand new workforce principal in time for the 2023 marketing campaign, with Vasseur taking on from Mattia Binotto as Ferrari boss.
Talking to reporters earlier than his departure, Vasseur mentioned: “We cannot have personnel for Audi concerned within the workforce and the chassis operation, however we all know we’ve got three years to construct one thing.
“We all know we’ve got three years to extend the funds and to be in the fee cap, to work arduous to enhance the services and so forth and I feel actually, three years shouldn’t be very a lot. However that is good development. And I feel it is also good timing for Audi with the brand new regulation coming in on the engine aspect in ’26 and it is the right match.”
Since 2019, a hyperlink with the Alfa Romeo automotive model has seen the workforce run by Sauber, however operating as Alfa Romeo Racing with livery reflecting the corporate.
2023 would be the final season of this partnership, with a two-year hole then following for Sauber earlier than Audi joins the scene.
Vasseur mentioned that whereas the workforce will probably be run by Sauber on the time, the workforce’s title might look slightly completely different if a title sponsor is introduced on board.
“You need to disassociate the workforce title, which will be the title sponsor, and the corporate title,” Vasseur mentioned.
“The corporate title will stay Sauber. The chassis title will stay Sauber, however we might have a title sponsor are available in.”
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