DECEMBER 22, 2021
Letter shows Audi likely to enter F1
Audi is edging ever closer to announcing that the Volkswagen-owned German luxury carmaker will enter Formula 1 in 2026.
The FIA announced last week that the engine regulations by then will include 100 percent sustainable fuel, greater emphasis on electrical power, a budget cap, and the scrapping of MGU-H technology.
In addition, the governing body's World Motor Sport Council declared that engine supplier "newcomers" will be empowered to "join the sport at a competitive level".
It appears to all be enough to satisfy Audi's requirements for a F1 foray.
Indeed, Sport1 reports that a letter by top Audi officials Markus Duesmann and Oliver Hoffman to the FIA president and F1 CEO indicates that the carmaker sees the 2026 rules outline as a fair compromise.
"If the plans are approved, Audi will be there," predicted German correspondent Bianca Garloff.