(© Ben Johnston 2015)
Audi ‘definitely has no intention to enter Formula One’ following the resignation of Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech, a company spokesman has confirmed to the BBC.
Piech had opposed the notion of the company entering the sport with a rumours floating around the motor industry that Audi had made an offer of £500 million to buy the four time world championship winning Infiniti Red Bull Racing team from Dietrich Mateschitz. Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has stated that reports suggesting such a move were wide of the mark.
The Audi spokesman confirmed that the company’s facility is already tied up with a World Endurance Championship entry along with an entry in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) and there is no room for Formula One.
The fact that Audi will not enter Formula One has not ruled out Volkswagen’s other brand’s Bentley, Porsche, Lamborghini, SEAT or Skoda entering the sport.
It is unlikely however that Porsche will enter Formula One as they are into their second season in the World Endurance Championship.
© Ben Johnston 2015