Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Audi could be set to team up after all despite initial denials from both parties. It emerged over the Spanish Grand Prix weekend that a partnership between the two could happen if the Red Bull are unable to find a competitive engine supplier and as once again over the weekend they had problems with the engine manufacturer.
The Milton Keynes based outfit have now stated that if they can’t find something competitive or conclude a partnership with Audi than they will pull out of Formula One according to their motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko.
Marko commented saying:
‘If we don’t have a competitive engine in the near future, then either Audi are coming or we are out.’
Infiniti Red Bull Racing have a contract to race in Formula One until 2020 and have an agreement to race with Renault power until the end of next season. Formula One is set to undergo major changes in 2017 which could potentially see Audi link up with Red Bull Racing.
Earlier this year, VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech resigned and he was the one who vetoed a vote for Audi to join enter Formula One.
Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler is reportedly keen on the company entering Formula One. It is something that the company could consider in the future along with their other commitments in motorsport in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) and the World Endurance Championship.
© Ben Johnston 2015