Audi and Porsche, dynamic parts of the Volkswagen group, have been involved in top-tier racing in the LMP1 programs at Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship for a good while now, but have always steered clear of Formula 1. Till now, if we are to believe the rumours.
While Porsche has shown interest in the past, talk is that it will actually be Audi that will enter F1.
The company is said to be developing a new V6 turbo hybrid engine that will power its grand prix machine, and Audi will in an ‘expanded partnership with Red Bull', either take Renault's and Infiniti's place in the team, or take over Torro Rosso operations entirely.
Audi's recent hiring of Stefano Domenicali, former Ferrari team principal, could possibly hint at this development too. That's because Domenicali has no prior experience in endurance racing, and his move to Audi has sparked off rumours of the company desiring F1 involvement after all these years.
The questions surrounding Fernando Alonso's future in F1 too, may hint at Audi's possible entry into F1.
While this is truly exciting, it must be heartbreaking for the company to move away from its record-breaking success in endurance racing, with Audi having dominated the scene for almost thirteen years straight.