Red Bull Racing has reignited claims they will walk away from the sport unless they can get a competitive engine or Audi do not join forces with them.
The Milton Keynes outfit has been vocal of their frustrations with current engine supplier, Renault, after the engine manufacturer has failed to improve on their hybrid power unit. Red Bull were best of the rest last season as Mercedes dominated the field, however, their attempts to challenge the current champions this year have failed after constant engine failures.
2015 has been labelled a write off by Team Principal Christian Horner, as Daniel Ricciardo is onto his final engine of his permitted allocation, which means he faces grid penalties in the near future. Mercedes, on the other hand, have only used one engine.
“If we don’t have a competitive engine in the near future, then either Audi is coming or we are out,” said Red Bull’s Motorsport Advisor Helmut Marko.
“There are so many rumours. Officially there was no request or talks. The VW Group first has to sort out who will be the new chief of support, who will run the brand of VW, and when they have sorted all these things maybe then they can think about what they are doing in motorsport.
“I was on the phone but not to the people you think,” Marko told BBC Sport.
Red Bull currently has a contract to race in Formula 1 until 2020, as well as a contract with Renault until the end of 2016. So their threats to pull out from the sport fuel rumours that they could sell up to Volkswagen/Audi.
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