Audi F1 Team Rumored for 2016
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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Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.
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