A few days back, some rumours surfaced that Audi will pull its LMP1 racers out of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) after 2017. But now, the Audi boss has said 'nothing is decided' about this exit.
According to a report from German publication Auto Motor und Sport, Volkswagen Group had decided to stop Audi's LMP1 programme in the wake of dieselgate. But Head of Audi Motorsport, Wolfgang Ullrich regretted it.
He said, "We have seen so many rumours in the press during the last years, and the good thing is in most cases the negative ones didn't occur.
"So I'm optimistically looking forward to the future. We are organising our race programme in the standard way, which is always in the autumn of the year.
"The meeting of the board where normally the motorsport programme is defined has not taken place yet, so nothing is decided."
Some of the manufacturers are shying away from making diesel engines, saying that they only have a limited lifespan, but Ullrich went to defend them.
He said, "We think that the diesel engine is still one of the most efficient combustion engines you can get. They can be very clean, it's just a question of working on it and developing it. As long as efficiency is a key factor, we think the diesel in racing is still a good solution."