Audi faces first hurdle after noisy F1 entry

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Audi has confirmed its intention to enter the F1 market as an engine manufacturer in 2026. During the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix weekend, Audi held a press conference, where they publicly announced the same , while presenting an Audi F1 show car.

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However, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann has now opened up about the pressure surrounding the German giants to succeed.

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Despite the pressure, Audi expects to be “very competitive” within 3 years of entering the sport. That’s a pretty lofty goal for a newcomer to the sport, whether from a team or engine manufacturer perspective.

However, Audi is no rookie in the racing world. They have been serious competitors in racing events like sports car racing and its flagship event; 24 hours of Le Mans. Moreover, they also plan to become an instant success in Formula 1.

However, Audi will be in big trouble if it doesn’t execute its plan properly. the race wrote, “While Audi comes under modified and less complex rules, and has a longer lead time than Honda’s program which was accelerated for 2015, it still lags behind much more experienced opposition. “

They continued, “Now that Audi finally arrives in F1, the prospect of another strong manufacturer fighting at the front is realistic. But whether it will be a year, three years, five years or never from the point of entry, no one knows.

Audi does not expect to win the first race they enter. However, they hope the project will materialize within 3 years when they start competing for race wins.

Mick Schumacher could be the first driver of the Audi F1 era

With rumors that Audi is teaming up with Sauber (now Alfa Romeo), Mick Schumacher may well be the first driver of the Audi F1 era. Audi CEO Duesmann has already mentioned that they will prefer their compatriots for their vacant seats.

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However, Audi is unwilling to break the contracts of its current lineup of Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu. While the Chinese driver has yet to extend his contract, he has reportedly impressed the folks at the Alfa Romeo team.

According to GP Blog, “Audi boss Markus Duesmann has already confirmed that there is a preference for a compatriot. F1-Initiate learned that Audi does not want just any German driver, but is interested in Schumacher.

“The brand would prefer to put the Haas driver in the Sauber (now Alfa Romeo) car from next year.”

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Whether Audi can be an instant hit or a hit at all remains to be seen. Publicly announcing their ambition is one thing, but whether they will be able to follow suit is an entirely different scenario. Will Audi be able to challenge the manufacturers of the “Big 3” in F1?

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