Audi to save Mick Schumacher’s career?

Audi to save Mick Schumacher’s career?

Audi’s arrival is recorded for 2026 as an engine supplier, but its involvement should go beyond this by taking over all or part of the existing team, which should probably be Sauber Motorsport AG.

Audi Sport took advantage of the Belgian Grand Prix to advertise his intention to be F1 from 2026, not realizing the firm that they will do. In the process, it was Alfa Romeo that announced that they will leave the discipline at the end of 2023leaving the Swiss team with its Sauber surname behind… unless Audi comes to position itself as a (minority/majority) shareholder or buyer.

Audi, salvation for Mick Schumacher?

We remember the trial period the takeover was stopped by Michael Andretti at Sauber in 2021, it may be that Audi can achieve this. The website understands that a 75% takeover of Sauber by Audi would be a plausible concept and that this announcement could take place before the end of the month at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Audi would like to have a German pilot in the cockpit. If Audi takes control of Sauber from 2024, it will have to be checked if the current drivers’ contracts have expired. It is understood that Bottas signed for 2 years (+1 year for option), Finn will start in 2023 and maybe in 2024. he was pleased with the arrival of Audi and look forward to being a part of this wonderful project.

As for the second driver, Zhou Guanyu (who should logically extend to 2023), nothing is guaranteed for 2024. “Of course we haven’t decided the team yet, so we haven’t decided on the drivers”said Markus Duesmann, Chairman of Audi. “We hope we get a German driver and we hope we get a German race. That’s all I can say.”

If the Audi president wants a German driver for 2024, the only option on the grid at the moment is Mick Schumacher. The latter is in trouble to get a seat for next year. He can convince his boss (Günther Steiner) for another year to continue driving with Haas, sign elsewhere (Williams, Alpine) or possibly take a year off while waiting for the 2024 Audi contract (another difficult situation and not an option as a preference).