Nico Hülkenberg Becomes A Driver For The Audi F1 Team

Audi’s Formula 1 project is steadily gaining momentum. Following the recent announcement of Audi’s complete acquisition of the Sauber Group to fast-track preparations for its F1 debut, the first driver for the venture has been officially confirmed: Nico Hülkenberg. Hülkenberg has inked a multi-year deal with Sauber and will lead the charge for the Audi factory team starting in 2026. However, fans won’t have to wait until then to see him in action, as he will be behind the wheel for Sauber as early as 2025, ushering in the transition to the factory team, as per today’s announcement from the Swiss company.

With over 200 F1 races under his belt, Hülkenberg brings invaluable experience to the developmental phase of Audi’s forthcoming team. Andreas Seidl, CEO of the future Audi F1 factory team, expressed confidence in Hülkenberg’s capabilities, stating, “The signing of Nico is the next milestone for Audi’s Formula 1 project. With his speed, his experience, and his dedicated teamwork, he will make an important contribution to Audi’s entry in 2026 as early as next year.” Seidl also highlighted Hülkenberg’s strong personality and determination, which are expected to drive progress in both car development and team building.

In response to his appointment, Hülkenberg shared his excitement, stating, “The prospect of competing for Audi is something very special. When a German manufacturer enters Formula 1 with such determination, it’s a unique opportunity. To represent the factory team of such a car brand with a power unit made in Germany is a great honor for me.”

Hülkenberg’s recruitment aligns with Audi’s strategic plan announced earlier in March, which outlined the full acquisition of Sauber and the appointment of Oliver Hoffmann as General Representative of the Board of Management of Audi for the Formula 1 endeavor. Hoffmann’s role extends to chairing the boards of directors of all Sauber entities and overseeing the shareholders’ meeting of Audi Formula Racing GmbH, responsible for power unit development at the Neuburg site.

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