(Motorsport-Total.com) – On April 7, 2022, the Volkswagen Group gave its two brands Porsche and Audi permission to enter the Management Board to enter Formula 1 from the 2026 season. But while Porsche’s plans to become a partner of Red Bull is already very stable, Audi’s plans “not so much” as Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess recently confirmed.
Lawrence Stroll can sell his team to Audi if he wants
Initially, Audi seemed to want to join McLaren. But the conversation has now cooled considerably. According to information from ‘Motorsport-Total.com’, those ideas differ greatly – and not necessarily only in terms of the financial system. One does not fit, they say.
That’s why Audi is still at the “bridal show”. Running a full Formula 1 team using a chassis and car from Germany is considered a highly unlikely option in local circles. If McLaren sticks with Audi’s no, there will only be three variants left in the race.
Williams, Sauber or Aston Martin?
First: Williams’ entry. Many in the media find such a person attractive because of Williams team boss Jost Capito, who once led the Volkswagen Group to world championship titles in the World Rally Championship. But Williams is currently at the bottom of the field and voices in Wolfsburg are saying that this interior is not looking as attractive.
Then there will be clean. The Swiss team has worked with BMW in the past and brought advanced infrastructure, including a state-of-the-art wind tunnel, that Audi has used before and is well known for.
And of course Aston Martin. ‘Motorsport-Total.com’ was the first to report talks between Lawrence Stroll’s team and Audi on April 7 and this report was not denied by Aston Martin when asked. You explore the possibilities, you just let them guide you.
Krack: Aston Martin interested in Audi entry
At Imola we asked Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack – and he also let the rumors run: “This opportunity is very attractive for any team that doesn’t have a major manufacturer on its side,” he says. “We’d be lying if we said we weren’t interested. I’d really like to talk about it.”
The conditions will also be perfect from Audi’s point of view. Aston Martin is building a new Formula 1 academy at Silverstone. If Audi were involved now, perhaps you would have the opportunity to modify the infrastructure construction according to your own ideas. No other team in existence can offer that in the constellation.
Walking away: Walking away can mean losing face
Anyway: Walk Sr. he leaned far out the window and his ads. He has repeatedly insisted that he wants and will lead Aston Martin to success in Formula 1. Giving up now and selling in the middle would be financially attractive, but it would mean losing face.
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On the other hand, there is currently no short-term success in Aston Martin’s Formula 1, and with millions of potential sales, the Stroll can send. Invest in sports car manufacturer Aston Martin Lagonda, where he is also a shareholder and chairman of the board. Sports car manufacturers and Formula 1 teams are two different companies.
In any case, there is a lot of interest in the partnership with Audi. Williams boss Capito confirms they will be open to talks, and even Haas boss Günther Steiner says: “Who wouldn’t want to talk to them?” At the same time, Steiner admits: “But we didn’t have any discussion about it.”
Pure: Happy with the beloved Alfa Romeo
That is why, according to reports, everything comes down to the question of Aston Martin or Sauber. But Sauber team boss Frederic Vasseur is very satisfied with his current constellation: “We have a great partnership with Alfa Romeo, and the partnership is getting closer. This is going well,” he says in an exclusive interview.
And more: “We really go through the world with open eyes. I always talk to other drivers and other team bosses. It’s not like I’m going to hire Lewis Hamilton for next year, but it’s part of my job, about that. Things to be informed, but for now I can say: We have good speed with Alfa Romeo.”