Sauber Motorsport has named Stefano Battiston as its Chief Commercial Officer in preparation of its Audi F1 switch.

Sauber Motorsport is making another step towards a bright future as it appoints Stefano Battiston as Chief Commercial Officer, effective from June 1, 2024. Battiston will report directly to CEO, Andreas Seidl, and spearhead the commercial strategy as the team transitions to become the Audi F1 factory team in 2026.

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.

Andreas Seidl, CEO of Sauber and the Audi F1 factory team: “The appointment of Stefano is another important step in our transition to become the Audi F1 factory 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.”

Stefano Battiston, Chief Commercial Officer of Sauber Motorsport: “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.”

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