Volkswagen Group in Talks with Redbull to Join F1
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News September 18, 2015
Volkswagen Group could be very close to taking over the Red Bull F1 Team if the ongoing deal between the two parties is closed successfully.
This new development follows Red Bull’s split from Renault as their principal engine supplier, a year earlier than the contract’s expiry date. The Austrian drink multinational will use Ferrari engines in the next season.
If Volkswagen closes the deal, they will buy the whole Red Bull F1 team and build a new engine for the cars. Red Bull would continue to act as the main sponsor; the two companies already have an existing relationship in the FIA World Rally Championship. It is highly likely that Audi will be the brand to represent the Volkswagen Group in F1.
In a resent BBC report Volkswagen Group’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Martin Winterkorn reached a deal with Red Bull’s boss Dietrich Mateschitz and motorsport adviser Helmut Marko. In the meantime, the team will continue to use a Ferrari engine as a new VW engine will not be ready until 2018.
However, we are not going to rely on a TARDIS to foresee the future, we'll refer to what happened behind closed doors at Volkswagen during the automaker's most recent Formula 1 talks.
Winterkorn talked the board of directors into entering the Formula 1 scene, but the recently dismissed Ferdinand Piech always vetoed the plan before anything solid was decided.
Photo/WRC Red Bull and Volkswagen a existing relationship in the FIA WRC
A further reason why the Volkswagen-Red Bull F1 deal could come to fruition is that the German automaker and energy drink manufacturer dominate the World Rally Championship as a team. As a matter of fact, the Volkswagen rally outfit acquired its third WRC manufacturers' title in a row only recently.
Due to the unacceptable performance and reliability of Red Bull F1's current Renault engines, Dietrich Mateschitz declared that the team split from Renault was concluded "a few weeks ago."