(Motorsport-Total.com) – On April 7, 2022, the Volkswagen Group gave its two brands Porsche and Audi the green light on the board to enter Formula 1 from the 2026 season. But while Porsche’s plans to become a Red Bull partner are already very concrete, Audi’s plans are “not so much”, as Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess recently confirmed.
Lawrence Stroll could sell his team to Audi if he wanted to
Initially, Audi seemed interested in joining McLaren. But negotiations have now cooled considerably. According to information from ‘Motorsport-Total.com’, the ideas diverge too far – and not necessarily only in relation to the financial framework. One is simply not compatible, they say.
That’s why Audi is still on “bridal show”. Operating a complete Formula 1 team with chassis and drive from Germany is considered an extremely unlikely option in insider circles. Should McLaren hold on to the no to Audi, there would be only three variants left in the race.
Williams, Sauber or Aston Martin?
First: an entrance at Williams. Many media outlets find such a car charming because of Williams’ team manager Jost Capito, who once led the Volkswagen Group to World Series Rally Championship titles. But Williams is currently at the end of the field, and votes in Wolfsburg say that internally this is not seen as attractive.
Then it would be clean. The Swiss team has previously worked with BMW and brings top infrastructure, including an advanced wind tunnel, which Audi has used in the past and is very familiar with.
And of course Aston Martin. ‘Motorsport-Total.com’ was the first to report talks between the Lawrence Stroll team and Audi on April 7, and this report was not rejected by Aston Martin when asked. You explore the possibilities, you just let them guide you.
Krack: Aston Martin is interested in Audi entry
In Imola, we asked Aston Martin’s team manager Mike Krack – and he also lets the rumors run: “This option is super attractive for any team that does not have a big producer by its side,” he says. “We would be lying if we said we were not interested. I would be very interested in talking about it.”
The conditions would also be perfect from an Audi’s point of view. Aston Martin builds a new Formula 1 campus in Silverstone. If Audi got involved now, you would probably have the opportunity to fine-tune the construction of the infrastructure according to your own ideas. No other existing team can offer it in this constellation.
Walking: Leaving would mean loss of face
Dog: Walking Sr. leaned far out the window with his messages. He has repeatedly stressed 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 a loss of face for him.
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On the other hand, there is currently no short-term success in Formula 1 for Aston Martin, and with the millions from a possible sale, Stroll could sen. Invest in sports car manufacturer Aston Martin Lagonda, where he is also a shareholder and chairman of the board. The sports car manufacturer and the Formula 1 team are two separate companies.
In any case, there is great interest in a collaboration with Audi. Williams boss Capito confirms they would be open to talks, and even Haas boss Günther Steiner says, “Who would not want to talk to them?” Steiner admits at the same time: “But we had no discussions about it.”
Clean: Satisfied with partner Alfa Romeo
That’s why, according to reports, everything boils down to the question of Aston Martin or Sauber. But Sauber’s team manager Frederic Vasseur is very pleased with his current constellation: “We have a strong collaboration with Alfa Romeo, and the collaboration is getting closer and closer. It is developing very positively,” he says in an exclusive interview.
And further: “Of course we go through the world with open eyes. I always talk to other drivers and other team leaders. It’s not like I’m hiring Lewis Hamilton for next year, but it’s part of my job, about something like that. Things to inform, but for the moment I can say: We have a good momentum with Alfa Romeo. “