Marko: We hope to know where we are going by Austin

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Red Bull pollRed Bull advisor Helmut Marko is hoping a solution to the energy drinks owned team’s engine crisis is just around the corner.

The energy drink company is splitting with its current partner Renault, but it has hit brick walls in attempting to secure an alternative engine supply from Mercedes or Ferrari for 2016.

“At the moment nothing has been decided,” Marko told Auto Bild Motorsport. But I hope that by the race in Austin, we know where we are going,” he added.

Interestingly despite the negative press Red Bull have generated with their attitude and reaction to Renault F1 fans polled by grandprix247.com are divided with regards to the future of the team in the sport – opinions are divided almost 50/50 in the poll results shown above.

This suggests there is a formidable segment who believe that the sport would be poorer without Red Bull’s participation.

Notwithstanding the stalemate, speculation continues to run amok.

One is that the decision to scrap the newly-confirmed 2016 regulation requiring manufacturers to supply current-year engines to customers was made in order to keep the 2015-spec Ferrari power unit option on the table for Red Bull.

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Another is that while Red Bull’s rumoured idea to resurrect a normally-aspirated V8 option for 2016, the energy drink marque could be setting its F1 sights a little further down the road.

Ralf Bach, a German correspondent, reports that for 2018, an engine formula to run parallel to the current ‘power units’ could arrive, having secured FIA president Jean Todt’s approval.

It will centre around a bi-turbo V6 producing some 1000 horse power. Might that option entice Audi into formula one?

“I see no option to enter Formula 1 today,” the VW brand’s motor racing chief Dr Wolfgang Ullrich is quoted by El Mundo Deportivo.

However, he admitted that Audi always keeps an eye on developments in F1, including the current engine crisis that is threatening Red Bull’s future.

“We must analyse facts, clear facts, and then we would perhaps take a look if it (F1) has become more interesting for us than it has until now. But right now I do not see anything that goes in the direction of us being there,” Ullrich added.