Audi Motorsport have denied rumours linking them to an entry into Formula One, at least for the foreseeable future. The German automaker has been linked to being a probable engine supplier to Red Bull, whose current engine needs are on Honda, who are withdrawing their affiliation with F1 by the end of the year.
For 2022, and until changes to the engine regulations take place three years later, Red Bull are bringing Honda’s operations in-house by acquiring the Japanese automaker’s property.
The company has already revealed its plans to establish an engine shop at the Milton Keynes Head Quarters, which will be dubbed Red Bull Powertrains. A vote took place on Thursday in favour of freezing engine development, saving costs and allowing Red Bull to go through with this plan.
Where Does Audi Come Into The Picture?
However, Auto Motor und Sport recently reported that talks for the current Red Bull plan have been hindered by rumours of Audi’s interest in Formula One and the chances of the automaker coming into the world of Formula One in 2025.
Porsche is another name that has been doing the rounds, due to F1 Ceo Stefano’s declaration about talks with potential new manufacturers in the sport. Now, Audi has rejected claims related to the team entering F1.
RTL have reported in the past, wherein an Audi spokesman is heard saying that a denial of such a rumour has been “in my drawer for 10 years” and that “at the moment we are not dealing with Formula 1”
It was further added that Audi’s motorsport strategy is already in place for the next decade and Formula One is not in the same.
Another area of concern is Red Bull’s future, since, unless the new Red Bull Powertrains venture is a success, the company is highly likely to remain open to a partnership with other engine manufacturers.
Dr Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s Senior Advisor had explained: “One of our existing buildings is being adapted into an engine shop. “This engine shop is technically designed in such a way that the development – provided it stays within the scope that is envisaged – for the new engine regulations could be carried out there.
“It is a one-time investment in the building and, above all, in the test benches. But the running costs will not be so much higher than if we had bought an engine somewhere [else]. It costs more, but not significantly more.”
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