Sebastian Vettel comeback: Audi urges German driver to sign and spearhead F1 charge with Ferrari driver as backup option

German manufacturer Audi has put its F1 dream into full swing as it prepares to enter the field in 2026, with the company posting a number of new job roles on its official website.

Jobs specifically related to F1 have been made available for applicants to throw their hat into the ring in what is the first public expression of Audi’s inevitable entry into the pinnacle of motorsport racing.

Sebastian Vettel. Credit:
Sebastian Vettel. Credit:

While Audi will initially partner up with Sauber as an engine supplier, there are rumours that the team could soon attempt a solo entry.

To help them gather as much data and information to make a successful entry into the sport, Audi has already recruited Andreas Seidl from McLaren to propel their 2026 charge.

For all their technical acumen, Audi knows that the driver behind the steering wheel is equally important in its attempts and has already shortlisted a few names for the 2026 season.

Swiss newspaper Blick has suggested that fan-favourite Sebastian Vettel, who recently called time on his career, is high on the wish-list of the German outfit, who believe signing him will signal their intent.

It might take some persuading for Vettel to make a U-turn on his retirement decision, but Audi is believed to be quietly confident that it can recruit the four-time world champion for at least a couple of seasons.

A lot can obviously change in 3 years, and if Audi is unable to convince Vettel to jump out of retirement and spearhead their entry, they have earmarked Carlos Sainz as a potential option.

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Credit:
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Credit:

Sainz is a name that Seidl has suggested to the team, given his experience of working with the Spanish driver at McLaren between 2019 and 2020.

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