Newsabc looked into the matter. Result: Nothing is fixed between Audi and Sauber. It is correct: Sauber is high on the list of candidates for a team takeover. But Williams is still considered a hot candidate. Both teams have a Volkswagen history. At Sauber, Audi got its Le Mans prototypes up and running in the wind tunnel. With Jost Capito, Williams has the former VW Motorsport boss on board as team boss.
In fact, only framework data are known so far. So it should stay with the 1.6-liter V6 turbo as the basic engine, which is fired with 100 percent biofuel. An electric motor should control 50 percent of the power. But the details and their approval are still missing. According to information from Newsabc, the final go could be delayed until December. Also because the world automotive association FIA was completely reorganized after the election by the new President Mohammed Ben Sulayem.
There is therefore – as of now – no truth to another rumor: that Audi wants to sign Sebastian Vettel. In fact, the entry of the Audi employees would not become a reality until 2026. Whether the Heppenheim environmental activist wants to drive Formula 1 for so long is anything but certain.
However, the circle would close if Audi were to take over Sauber and hire Vettel as a driver: in 2006, the Hessian started his Formula 1 career as a test driver at BMW-Sauber. Returning to Sauber 20 years later with the four rings would not only be a big deal for history fans Vettel.