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Worst of 2015: VW's F1 aspirations go up in CO2

Volkswagen has long been linked to an F1 entry, and with Red Bull falling out with Renault this season, it appeared the German manufacturer might be poised to enter the sport...
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VW's F1 aspirations go up in CO2

Volkswagen has long been linked to an F1 entry, and with Red Bull falling out with Renault this season - before kissing and making up – it appeared the German manufacturer might be poised to enter the sport.

Over the Singapore Grand Prix weekend rumours surfaced that the VW Group was closing in on a deal with Red Bull Racing to complete a takeover that would see it enter F1 with its own power unit from 2018. Through the deal, VW – or one of its brands, most likely Audi – would enter F1 as a constructor, with Red Bull staying involved as a primary sponsor as it does in the World Rally Championship.

However, the subsequent 'emissions scandal' saw that all go up in smoke – or rather CO2 – with VW setting aside billions to cover likely the fallout...


First published: 24th October 2015

VW discussed possible Red Bull collaboration

Christian Horner has confirmed the Volkswagen Group did enter into talks with Red Bull Racing over a potential collaboration in the future, but admits such a deal now seems less likely in the wake of the 'emissions scandal'.

Reports ahead of last month's Singapore Grand Prix suggested that VW were poised to sign off on an F1 entry – most likely under the Audi banner –, with speculation stating that the German firm would essentially take over the Red Bull team, with the four-time title winning outfit assuming a sponsor-partner role.

Days later, however, it VW would become publically embroiled in the 'emissions scandal' that has resulted in mass recalls and likely to leave it facing sizeable fines, putting any potential F1 bid very much in doubt.

Horner has now officially confirmed that Red Bull has opened a dialogue with VW about a partnership, adding that 'promises were made'. However, Horner concedes F1 is unlikely to be a priority for it now.

“There has been discussion with the VW Group, but obviously - with their current issues - probably Formula One is the last thing on their mind. There were other discussions that will become apparent no doubt in the future as well, other promises that were made.

“There's an awful lot of speculation and conjecture about our situation at the moment. Once everything is finalised I'm sure it will all become extremely clear.”

Bonus reading:
Wolff: Emissions furore won't harm VW motorsport
Winterkorn resignation to scupper VW F1 bid?

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December 31, 2015 3:26 PM

nealio: Funny story. Supposedly, in negotiations with VW for an engine supply Red Bull demanded engine parity with the VW World Rally Team and when VW demurred they slagged VW's software technology among other things which perked up the regulators ears! Hahaha just joking!
5 disagrees! Sometimes I wonder if the denizens of this forum actually have a sense of humour at all. (There was a tiny clue in the last line!)

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