Audi have confirmed that they will partner with Sauber for their entry into the Formula One world championships, from 2026.
Earlier this year, the German car manufacturer confirmed that they would join the sport in four years time, when the rules are set for another major change.
Now it's been confirmed that they will partner with Sauber, who currently run as the Alfa Romeo team, from 2026.
In a statement Sauber said, "This partnership will bring the team to new heights, guaranteeing at the same time the long-term future of the company – an entity that boasts a committed workforce, one of Europe’s leading wind tunnels and world-class motorsport manufacturing facilities."
Chairman of the board of Sauber Holdings, Finn Rausing, added, "Audi is the best strategic partner for the Sauber Group.
"It is clear that we share values and a vision, and we look forward to achieving our common goals in a strong and successful partnership."
Audi plan to buy a stake in the Swiss racing company, will return to their Sauber name for the 2024 and 2025 championships, once the Alfa Romeo sponsorship ends, and will continue using a Ferrari power unit until the following year.
The race car will continue to be developed and made in Switzerland whilst the new partners will develop the engine in Germany.
F1's change of rules in four years time, which encouraged Audi to join the sport, will see increased electrical power and 100% sustainable fuels.
Oliver Hoffmann, Audi AG Board Member responsible for the F1 programme, said, "We are delighted to have gained such an experienced and competent partner for our ambitious Formula 1 project.
"We already know the Sauber Group with its state-of-the-art facility and experienced team from previous collaborations and are convinced that together we will form a strong team."
Alfa Romeo currently have Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu driving for them and are sixth in the constructors' championship.
They have 52 points this season, with fifth place McLaren miles ahead of them, they are currently just a point ahead of Aston Martin.
There are just three races left of the current campaign, starting in Mexico this coming weekend.
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