This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.
The BBC this week posted a story that said Volkswagen is close to a deal to take over the Red Bull F1 team. Red Bull has consistently denied the story.
Red Bull has hit on hard times the past two years after four straight championships with Sebastien Vettel. The bitter taste of losing led Red Bull to break from its engine relationship with Renault after this year.
The BBC story says Red Bull will run with Ferrari engines until a Volkswagen branded engine like an Audi appears in 2018. The details of this BBC story come from former driver and team owner Eddie Jordan who is the BBC’s chief F1 analyst.
Jordan says VW would take over running the team and Red Bull would enjoy the spoils of sponsorship visibility in F1.
VW brands like Porsche, Audi, Lamborghini and Bentley all have strong presence in sports car racing. But of those brands, VW and Audi are the only ones with strong customer battles in markets where F1 is expanding like Asia and the Middle East.
Sounds cool. If it happens.