When it was announced earlier this year that Stefano Domenicali would be leaving his role as Ferrari boss after serving the team for so long, it was expected that the longtime Ferrari loyalist would take some time away from Formula One and this belief was compounded when he took a job at German manufacturers Audi that has completely decimated the opposition in the 24 Hours Le Mans circuit using their diesel hybrid cars in the last decade.
But it now seems that Domenicali will indeed be making his return to the sport with the all new Audi F1 team and one team protégé Fernando Alonso behind the wheels.
According to reports, Alonso has declined to race a Mercedes powered car in the 2015 season and according to various sources, if he doesn’t get a one year rolling contract with the new Honda powered McLaren in 2015, he will decide to sit out of the sport for one year before making a return with the new Audi F1 team in 2016.
The rumors in WEC also indicate Audi will leave the sport altogether under pressure from Volkswagen and Porsche, the owner of the mark to give Porsche a free run in the WEC.
Audi will need to make an announcement regarding its intentions about the future and whether it plans to join Haas F1 in 2016. But perhaps the biggest gain for this Audi F1 team will be securing the services of Fernando Alonso, if rumors are to be believed.
The Spaniard will leave Ferrari at the end of the current season after growing frustrated at the team’s lack of direction and performance and Fernando Alonso believes that the powerful hybrid engines of Audi is the force he needs to get back to the top of the echelon in Formula One.