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Red Bull excited about potential tie-up with Porsche and Audi

Formula One F1 – Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia – April 7, 2022 Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo

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MELBOURNE, April 9 (Reuters) – Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has welcomed the prospect of Porsche and Audi entering Formula One, saying a potential link with the brands was “very exciting”.

The Volkswagen Group on Thursday confirmed its plans for an entry once technical regulations to make the sport more sustainable are defined. Read more

There has long been speculation about potential partnerships between the existing teams and the Audi and Porsche brands, with former champions Red Bull and McLaren mentioned in particular.

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Horner said it now makes sense for Red Bull to enter into “more detailed discussions” with Volkswagen, given that the automaker has more clarity on its plans.

“It’s exciting for Formula 1, it’s exciting for Porsche and Audi, and a potential link with Red Bull would be very exciting,” he told reporters at the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday.

“Now where we are in our journey is not dependent on an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) coming in and partnering with the team.

“But, of course, it would make a lot of sense to have those discussions.”

Red Bull has set up its own powertrain company to take over from Honda, which officially pulled out at the end of last season but continues to assemble units and provide on-track support.

McLaren, Aston Martin and Williams all use Mercedes engines at present, with the latter two also seen as potential Audi partners.

Audi and McLaren last year denied reports that a partnership had already been formed.

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Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Richard Pullin

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