F1 ENTRY FOR AUDI, VW?: Ousted Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali, now with Audi, is apparently working on an F1 entry for the German automaker. Image: AP/ Luca Bruno
BARCELONA, Spain - Rumours are once again doing the rounds that the Volkswagen Group is eyeing a slot on the Formula 1 grid.
Germany's Auto Motor and Sport says that this time the speculation has a twist and Red Bull could have a role.
The website reports that the VW brand strongly linked with an F1 entry is Audi with the aid of its recent recruit - former Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali.
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Auto Motor and Sport says Domenicalli is tasked with conducting a feasibility study forr entering the sport.
On Thursday (Feb 19 2015), however, F1 correspondent Michael Schmidt explained that the latest rumours involved Red Bull's works engine supplier Renault potentially going it alone again in F1.
Tensions between Red Bull and Renault have run high, particularly since the French automaker struggled at the start of the turbo V6 era in 2014.
There might be even more to it than that. Auto Motor and Sport reports that Red Bull might be looking to scale down its involvement as a mere participant to buy into the commercial rights and "rebuild the premier series according to its own ideas".
Audi might be an interested buyer for Red Bull. Schmidt claims Domenicali's feasibility study in late 2014 attracted "a positive" response when it was presented it to the board of directors.
The biggest hurdle, however, could be the reportedly poisonous relationship between F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and Ferdinand Piech, his top counterpart at Volkswagen.