Audi splits from McLaren making F1 takeover deal impossible

Audi splits from McLaren making F1 takeover deal impossible


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After confirmation from the Volkswagen Group, at the beginning of the weekthat Porsche and Audi will even join formula 1 From the 2026 season onwards, rumors about how the entrance will happen have increased. Porsche is close to Red Bull in terms of technical agreement, but Audi wants more than that: buy the team and come in with bags and groceries. But McLaren’s chances of being the first target of interest have decreased significantly.

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The information is from the Reuters news agency. Audi approached McLaren months ago to begin talks, but found the team resistant to the idea of ​​relinquishing full control of the operation.

According to Reuters, a source close to the talks said that “expectations and prices are very far apart.” Now, he says, the project is not dead yet, but the chances of it flourishing are close to zero.

Audi wants to fully enter Formula 1, but should not have McLaren (Photo: Chris Paul Design)

However, talks with Alfa Romeo and Williams are still ongoing, the agency assures. At Williams, the current boss, Jost Capito, was Volkswagen’s own sporting director. In March, the car reported that Audi was ready to pay $ 556.3 million for the purchase of McLaren.

Asked about the private teams’ interest in Audi’s approach, Aston Martin boss Mike Krack admitted it was an eye-opener. “I think for all the teams that don’t have a factory nearby, it’s very important to have that possibility,” he said.

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