Grand prix racing isn't on the agenda of the German car maker, according to its new technical chief, Stefan Knirsch

Audi’s long-rumoured entry to F1 appears to have taken another blow, after Stefan Knirsch, the firm’s new member of the board in charge of technical development said that the sport “was not a topic” for the company.

Knirsch, who replaced Ulrich Hackenberg as Audi’s technical boss in the wake of the dieselgate emissions scandal, has been charged with leading the firm’s hybrid, electric and hydrogen-powered future.

“F1 for Audi is absolutely not a topic,” said Knirsch. “We are focusing on the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and DTM. We want to win Le Mans in a championship where electric and hybrid technology plays a very major role, while we are in discussions with the DTM about when we can introduce this kind of technology.”

Knirsch’s comments follow those of Wolfgang Dürheimer, who heads the VW Group’s motorsport strategy. Dürheimer told Autocar that the company could not consider entering the sport while its regulations and ownership were under negotiation.

"Formula 1 is not on our agenda right now," said Dürheimer. "The situation is not predictable enough to make the kind of investment required."

The VW Group had been rumoured to be on the verge of buying the championship-winning Red Bull F1 team, with a view to entering one of its brands - most likely Audi - into the series in 2018.

Our Verdict

The second generation Audi R8

Audi sends its mid-engined flagship in search of supercar scalps

Join the debate

Comments
3

3 March 2016
F1 is boring enough as it is....!

4 March 2016
Not a blow but a blessing.


4 March 2016
Cheers

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • 2016 Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI S-Line
    First Drive
    26 June 2016
    The Audi Q2 is the German brand’s smallest SUV yet. Can it impress in production guise on European roads?
  • Ford S-Max Vignale
    First Drive
    24 June 2016
    The Ford S-Max Vignale is the company's premium executive express. Can it really be worth the extra over the standard S-Max?
  • Volkswagen Scirocco GTS
    First Drive
    23 June 2016
    Still a really fun and likeable coupé but the extra power doesn't justify the VW Scirocco GTS's high price
  • Ford Fiesta ST200
    First Drive
    23 June 2016
    Fresh from testing it abroad, we've just got our hands on the Ford Fiesta ST200 for a blat on UK roads
  • Alpina B4 Biturbo Convertible
    First Drive
    23 June 2016
    Alpina's appealing BMW M4 alternative arrives in convertible form with a more relaxed nature than BMW's M car but still impressive performance and handling