Audi signs former F1 boss

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 30, 2014

German automaker, Audi, has confirmed the signing of former Ferrari Formula 1 boss, Stefano Domenicali, but stopped short of confirming rumours that the marque is to enter motorsport’s highest division in 2016.

A spokesperson for Audi has however stated that the Italian, who resigned from Formula 1’s glamour team in April after a poor start to the new 1.6-litre V6 turbo / hybrid era, would work in the service and mobility department and would not take over as head of Audi Motorsport, which is currently being held by German Dr Wolfgang Ullrich.

On Friday October 24th, British publication Auto Express, claimed that the Ingolstadt based division of the Volkswagen Group, would end its participation in the German DTM touring car series, in which it has competed since 2000, and conclude its World Endurance Championship sportscar programme in favour of sister brand, Porsche.

If confirmed, it will also result in Audi’s departure from the demanding Le Mans 24 hours, which it has won 13 times since 2000, being only beaten by Peugeot in 2009 and becoming the first make to win the world’s most famous endurance race with diesel and hybrid powertrains.

Auto Express has also hinted that the Audi-Domenicali link would result in double F1 world champion, Fernando Alonso, joining marque in 2016. The Spaniard announced his departure from Ferrari after the inaugural Russian Grand Prix in Sochi earlier this month, after a season in which the Scuderia had been outperformed by Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

His place is set to be taken by current four-time champion, Sebastian Vettel, who announced at the same time that we will be leaving Red Bull Racing after a similar season which has seen the German outpaced by new teammate, Daniel Ricciardo.

Despite rumours linking him to McLaren, who will ditch the current Mercedes engines and reunite with Honda for the first time since 1992, Alonso is yet to confirm a seat for 2015.

 

CAPTION: Former Ferrari Formula 1 boss, Stefano Domenicali, has been signed up by Audi with speculation mounting that the German maque will enter the sport in 2016, a claim it has so far denied. IMAGE sourced from www.f1fanatic.co.uk