Audi is looking for its next challenge in motorsports.
According to a report from Auto Express, Audi is rumored to join the Formula 1 ranks come 2016, relinquishing its grasp on endurance racing and touring cars in order to return to Grand Prix racing.
Insiders say that Audi will combine its WEC and DTM budgets along with a Red Bull sponsorship to compete in Formula 1, leaving WEC and DTM to Porsche. In addition, it is rumored that Audi and the Volkswagen Group have been working on a 1.6-liter V6 turbo Formula One entry since early this year.
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Rather than developing a Formula 1 operation from scratch, Audi is eyeing an existing team such as Red Bull Racing or Toro Rosso. Red Bull has long been a sponsor of Audi’s DTM efforts and has enjoyed success with the Infiniti team over recent years. Speaking of the Infiniti team, with Sebastian Vettel’s move to Ferrari, don’t be surprised if Audi is targeting Fernando Alonso to be one of its drivers for Formula 1.
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[Source: Auto Express]
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