Audi has ruled out the possibility of a Formula 1 entry for the 2016 season, thus putting an end to all the speculations about an F1 entry after signaling ex Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali to a yet unknown position. At the end of last month we heard news about the possibility of seeing the brand with the four rings competing in Formula 1 but Audi motorsport boss Wolfgang Ullrich said this week “there is no decision that we are going into that direction.”
He did admit that Stefano Domenicali now works for Audi but will not be involved in the company’s motorsport division. Ullrich went on to say that Audi is fully focused on the DTM and WEC competitions and are now working hard on next year’s cars. Ullrich also played down rumors about signing Fernando Alonso who is about to leave Ferrari at the end of the season and probably will end up at McLaren.
One of the reasons why rumors emerged about a possible Formula 1 entry for Audi had to do with Porsche’s comeback at Le Mans as a full works team as some considered Volkswagen will not keep both Porsche and Audi taking part in the same competitions.
Note: Unofficial Audi Formula 1 speculative render pictured