For a few years now rumours have been around that Audi could possibly enter the world of formula one, in the past these rumours have been soon put to bed as pure speculation, but more recently they seem to have a more solid foundation and Audi chief Rupert Stadler is no longer clearly denying speculation the Volkswagen-owned German carmaker is preparing to enter formula one.
The regular speculation hit a higher gear in the last six months, after ousted Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali joined Audi and conducted a feasibility study about a F1 project.
“Ah, you want to know what competitive programmes Audi will have in the future?” the Italian told F1 insider Leo Turrini this week.
“Come to Ingolstadt and I will tell you.”
In Ingolstadt on Tuesday, Audi held its annual press conference, and a reporter did ask the carmaker’s chairman Rupert Stadler about formula one.
He answered: “The board has a very strong and precise motor sport strategy.
“We are engaged in DTM, the 24 hours of Le Mans, in customer racing and then there are the sporting commitments of (subsidiaries) Ducati and Lamborghini.
“I will not comment on these rumours about formula one.”