With Formula 1 beginning talks to develop a concept for the next F1 engine regulations, which will come into effect in 2025, Audi and Porsche representatives will join the current engine manufacturers at the discussions.
The current hybrid engine regulations will be in place until the end of 2024, with new regulations coming into effect from 2025. The exact specifics of the planned engines are yet to be decided, with factors such as cost, parts standardisation and the engine architecture all having to be confirmed, although it is expected the rules will be an evolution of the current regulations.
A meeting is scheduled to take place this weekend at the Austrian Grand Prix, according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, with FIA President Jean Todt and F1's Stefano Domenicali and Ross Brawn set to be joined by several prominent figureheads from the automotive side.
Mercedes will be represented by Ola Kallenius, Ferrari by John Elkann, Renault by Luca de Meo and Dietrich Mateschitz for the newly established Red Bull Powertrains.
According to AMuS, Audi boss Markus Duesmann and Porsche CEO Oliver Blume will also join the round table discussions
Fritz Enzinger, sports coordinator of the VW group, now counts on the meeting of the car bosses. There is a greater chance that we will agree on common goals. On July 3, there will be an elephant lap for the first time in Spielberg as part of the engine discussion.
The car bosses will meet next Saturday with FIA President Jean Todt and Formula 1 bosses Stefano Domenicali and Ross Brawn. Ola Källenius comes for Mercedes, John Elkann for Ferrari, Luca de Meo for Renault and Dietrich Mateschitz for Red Bull. Audi boss Markus Duesmann and Porsche CEO Oliver Blume are also sitting at the table.
As it stands, there has been no indication of interest for an entry to Formula 1 by the Volkswagen Audi Group, although the potential of partnering with Red Bull's independent engine company could be an attractive proposition for the German companies.