AUDI TO SAVE RED BULL? Red Bull's Helmut Marko said that unless Audi enters F1 the struggling team could exit the sport. Image: AP / Andres Kudacki
LONDON, England - Audi could stop Red Bull from quitting Formula 1, according to a sensational claim by the team official Helmut Marko.
His claim added fuel to rumours that Volkswagen-owned Audi was considering entering the sport.
Indeed, even Audi chief Rupert Stadler is no longer issuing denials. He told Auto Express on Monday (May 11 2015): "Wait and see. It's an option for Audi. Not at this moment, perhaps, but it is still an option."
RED BULL TO EXIT F1?
As far as Marko is concerned the situation was urgent as Red Bull struggles in the new power unit era with engine partner Renault.
He sensationally told the BBC on Monday: "If we don't have a competitive engine in the near future, then either Audi is coming or we are out."
Marko said formal talks with Audi had not taken place.
He said: "Officially there was no request or talks. The VW Group first has to sort out who will be the new chief of support, who will run the brand of VW, and when they have sorted all these things maybe then they can think about what they are doing in motorsport."
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