The rumor that Audi is slated to enter Formula 1 refuses to die. Earlier this year it was discovered the German automaker was developing a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine, like the one’s currently mandated by the FIA for F1. They also picked up former Ferrari team principle Stefano Domenicalli following his departure from the Scuderia, adding more fuel to the fire.
Now, more evidence of Audi’s planned entry into the top tier of racing has come to light. According to Jalopnik, Volkswagen Group is conducting a feasibility study for an entry into Formula 1, and Domenicalli has been chosen to lead it. It’s also been discovered that VW reps were on the team that developed the new turbocharged/hybrid powertrain rules, but opted to stay out of F1 for the time being.
Apparently, VW Group chairman Ferdinand Piech isn’t a fan of current F1 chairman Bernie Ecclestone, which is the reason why Audi has yet to announce their F1 program. Ecclestone may start to have less say in the sport and its regulations as F1 considers hiring a new chair, while Piech’s time with VW could be equally as limited, with Martin Winterkorn being groomed to replace him.