Neel Jani joins Audi as simulator driver
Taking the following step forward of their F1 entry in 2026, Audi have introduced sportscar veteran Neel Jani as their simulator driver with the Swiss driver set to assist the event of the Audi energy unit.
The German model will enter the System 1 scene as of the 2026 marketing campaign, taking up the Switzerland-based Sauber firm. Audi intends to run their first hybrid energy unit on the dyno earlier than the yr is out and supply the premise for the long run car idea.
Oliver Hoffmann, Audi AG Board Member answerable for the F1 programme, added: “Similar to in manufacturing improvement, simulation performs a serious position in our System 1 mission.
“Our simulator is a crucial instrument for the ability unit improvement. It requires a improvement driver who along with a grasp of know-how brings versatile expertise to the mission, particularly when it comes to power administration in racing situations.”
As a former take a look at and reserve driver at Pink Bull Racing, Jani spent many hours in a System 1 simulator. As a race driver in endurance racing, he gathered worthwhile expertise in a hybrid race automobile. As a member of the Porsche manufacturing facility group, he gained the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2016 in addition to the well-known 24-hour race at Le Mans.
“I’m delighted to accompany Audi on their manner into System 1,” stated the Swiss driver.
“It’s each an honor and an incredible accountability to be concerned in a mission of this magnitude at an early stage. I’m certain that with my expertise from System 1 and LMP initiatives I can forge good hyperlinks between concept and apply.”