Formula 1: Audi Entry Rumors Gather Pace

Audi in Formula 1
Audi in Formula 1

Recent rumours surrounding the potential commitment of a Volkswagen Group brand to a Formula 1 entry in the near future have been circulating, after Audi CEO Markus Duesmann and Porsche CEO Oliver Blume both attended the initial round-table discussions in Austria regarding the direction of the next F1 power unit regulations. 

RacingNews365 has learned that there could be some meat to these rumours, with the Volkswagen Group understood to have appointed Adam Baker to direct their motorsport strategies and determine the viability of a potential entry. Baker currently works as the FIA’s Safety Director, a role he has held for the past three years, and has an impressive resume behind him working in powertrain departments. 

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Starting his motorsport career 20 years ago with Cosworth as a Formula 1 engine engineer, he switched to BMW’s F1 team in 2005. Initially working as an engine engineer, he was promoted to become the team’s Head of Race and Test for the F1 powertrain in 2007. 

He switched to BMW’s World Superbike team in 2009 after the withdrawal of the German manufacturer from Formula 1, continuing to focus on the engine side. In 2010, he took on a broader role with BMW Motorsport, overseeing the race programmes, testing, and customer programmes across GT3, Formula E, WEC, and DTM. He left BMW in 2018 to join the FIA. 

Baker’s switch is believed to be with the FIA’s tacit approval, with his primary task being to evaluate an entry to Formula 1 for the Audi brand, potentially as an engine supplier to begin with.

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