Sauber signs another key member ahead of its ahead of the Audi transition

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Sauber Motorsport has announced the appointment of Stefano Battiston who will join the Hinwil-based outfit as Chief Commercial Officer ahead of its transition into the Audi F1 team from 2026.

Sauber Motorsport has made another key signing ahead of its transition into Audi's works outfit as it has appointed Stefano Battiston as Chief Commercial Officer. Battiston will report directly to CEO, Andreas Seidl, and spearhead the commercial strategy.

In his new role, Battiston will lead all commercial aspects of Sauber Motorsport and the Audi F1 project, including marketing, brand & content, partnerships, business development, guest experiences, CRM and data, and merchandise.

Battiston brings a wealth of experience from his previous roles at Maserati, IWC Schaffhausen, and as Head of Marketing for the Alfa Romeo F1 Team. Most recently, he was Commercial Director of the Audi F1 Project, which saw him build the backbone of Audi F1’s commercial entry into the sport.

Commenting on the announcement, Andreas Seidl, CEO of Sauber and the Audi F1 Factory team said: “The appointment of Stefano is another important step in our transition to become the Audi F1 works team from 2026, and it represents a solid foundation upon which we will continue to build as we prepare for our entry into Formula One with Audi, ensuring that we are commercially ahead of our competitors.

"I have worked with Stefano since I joined the Sauber Group: together, we have ambitious goals, and welcoming Stefano to this program brings us one step closer to realising them. There is a race on track and off track; we want to win them both.”

Expanding on his appointment, Battiston added: “The Audi F1 Project is going from strength to strength. Audi’s position on the global stage is solid and impressive, and I’m both delighted and determined in equal measure to drive this project forward.

"We are forming a new team with a mission of becoming a pioneering platform for brands, opening the door to a culture that will transcend traditional partnerships and customer engagement. Audi’s entry into Formula One is the pinnacle of their highly successful history in motorsport, and I’m grateful for this opportunity and challenge.”