Williams Team Principal Jost Capito has addressed rumours that Audi may provide engines to the Grove outfit from the middle of this decade.
Formula 1 may have only just introduced a swathe of new rules involving aerodynamics but there are more changes to come before this decade is out.
Indeed, a new power unit make-up is being worked on with totally new engine regulations, and that is expected to pave the way for the likes of Audi and Porsche to come to the table to at least provide power units to the teams.
That said, there are naturally links being drawn between certain garages and the automotive giants, with VW signalling their intent to get the two brands into F1, and Capito has been asked about Williams potentially chatting to Audi over a working relationship.
Speaking to Auto Bild, the Williams chief had this to say:
“It is interesting for every team to have a cooperation with a car manufacturer.
“The VW board has now signed off on separate F1 projects for both Porsche and Audi.
“If that really is decided then we will also hold talks.
“But there is still no definitive go and the engine regulations have not yet been definitively decided. As far as I know, the decision of the VW Group also depends on the engine regulations.
“I think that will be passed in the next few weeks and then we’ll see.”
Coy from Capito, then, but it would obviously make sense for a number of the teams that do not make their own engines in-house to hear what the plans of Porsche and Audi are.
Of course, the engine regulations that each manufacturer needs to abide by are yet to be decided, but it is clear that teams are starting to think about the next sweeping changes coming over the horizon in F1.
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