After the Red Bull Formula 1 team parted ways with engine maker Renault, it was rumored that Volkswagen and Audi would partner up with Red Bull to build engines. It was also reported that in doing so, Audi would leave both DTM and LeMans racing, something Audi has had enormous success in and also has great pride in. However, and Audi spokesperson has denied such rumors first started by German publication, Auto Bild.
“The Auto Bild report is pure speculation that requires no further comment. But the claim that Audi will give up its commitments in the DTM and WEC are without any foundation and are firmly rejected by us,” he added.
A German newspaper, Bild, also reported another Audi spokesperson saying “Formula One has been discussed from time to time, but the chairman decided against it only a few months ago and nothing has changed.”
It would make sense for Audi to stick with LeMans and DTM as that’s where Audi has most of its money and time invested. The R18 e-tron Quattro hybrid LeMan racer is one of the more incredible race cars in the world and Audi is having tremendous success with it, so there’s no reason to abandon that. As far as just developing engines for Red Bull in F1, it doesn’t seem like something that Audi is particularly interested in. Though, admittedly, it would be exciting to see Daniel Riccardo racing around with an Audi engine.