Points to be defined: the car giant who would enter Formula 1 earlier than expected
The Formula 1 confirmed that by 2026 a new regulation will come into force. The dome of the big circus concentrated the new changes in the durability of the motor units. This is how giant Audi will be the newest entry into motorsport’s highest category, but there is one factor that could precipitate its arrival.
Audi is expected to finalize an agreement with the Sauber team to buy it gradually and not start development towards the Formula 1 from zero. In 2023, the German giant will take over 25% of the Finn Rausing structure. They will therefore gradually join the Grand Cirque so as not to keep the Alfa Romeo logos, which would harm their image, as reported by the “Motorsport” portal.
This is how Audi should rename the team between 2024 and 2025. According to the aforementioned support, there is the possibility of entering the Formula 1 under the Sauber (Alfa Romeo) name during those years. The clear example is what happened at Benetton, when it belonged to the Renault group between 2000 and 2001. Likewise, it has not been clarified whether Ferrari will continue to supply engines.
From 2026, Alfa Romeo will begin to compete officially with the official Audi team. The German manufacturer will gradually acquire 75% of Sauber’s shares in order to delete its name. Likewise, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann explained that at the end of 2022 they will communicate which team they will partner with, but all indications are that it will be Sauber.
Possibility ruled out
The truth is that the German brand will not create its factory team from scratch to compete in the world championship of Formula 1. This way they would manufacture their chassis in Hinwil, Switzerland and the engines in Neuburg, Germany.
The disadvantage for the team that will join the top class of motorsport is the fact of working in Switzerland, where they will have to pay higher salaries than in Germany and this factor will influence the budgetary limits in the future.
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