Spyker rings a bell.
RedBull ASTON MARTIN with Renault engines badged as TAG HEUER whilst RedBull is a energy drinks company, Aston Martin has nothing to do with that, and AM runs (AMG) Mercedes engines in their cars, not Renault, and have nothing with TAG Heuer either.
Hyundai could do like RB's doing; rebadge an engine. In fact, there was a time in F1 this was commonground; Sauber with Petronas engines - an OIL company for crying out loud, that were Ferrari engines but badged / labeled as Petronas.
And some famous names come to thought; FONDMETAL. Not a brilliant engine supplier that brought WCC capable power, but good enough for midfield games.
Question then is, WHY would Hyundai participate, to be in the midfield so people can see, oh wow, Hyundai are in F1 - and that's it? Could be good enough.
I mean, look at HAAS F1. Yes i gave that outfit zero credibility before but they happily surprised me and are doing stunningly good, they're seriously underrated and underexposed.
And it brings them venue and results, and attention. Job done for HAAS.
Same could go for Hyundai - if they'd think that'd be worth it.
And as it clearly seems, they don't think so.
If they want a winning engine, that means they have to bring something that beats long-established giants like Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault, and offcourse the ailing Honda.
Good luck with that, that's gonna cost insane amounts of money.
So i guess Hyundai doesn't settle for less, for 'midfield glory'. Sauber-Hyundai could work, ForceIndia-Hyundai (though they're better off with merc obviously), Toro Rosso-Hyundai.
Again, Hyundai must not see enough benefit from that to concider it, so they say, NOPE.
And i can't say i really feel missing out on something there.
I would love to see BMW in F1, that above any other brand.
Audi / Porsche would be interesting and cool, but BMW a whole lot higher. Also, Toyota may not have achieved their works team WCC as they wanted and pulled out, but they DID manage to make amazing engines. But then, what would they benefit from bringing in an engine again whilst they're in a good spot right now?
Ford, that would be much more interesting i'd say. Ford/Cosworth "Ecoboost". And i'd prefer to see that with HAAS or Williams.
Williams - Ford Cosworth F1 Team
HAAS - Ford Cosworth F1 Team
but getting back, to the same issue with Hyundai - it will burn huuuundreds of miiiiiillliiiooonsss of dollars ANNUALLY. make up the balance.
Dumpster sounds so much more classy. It's the diamond of the cesspools.