Volkswagen Group 'keeps an eye on F1': 'Then we will consider participation'

09-04-2021 10:57 | Updated: 09-04-2021 11:48
by GPblog.com
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Volkswagen Group 'keeps an eye on F1': 'Then we will consider participation'

From 2025 onwards, Formula 1 will have new engine regulations, and after Honda's departure, the sport will also look at how it can bring in new suppliers. The Volkswagen Group is watching with interest from the sidelines, but is keeping a low profile for now.

With the departure of Honda at the end of 2021, Formula 1 only has three strong automakers left in the sport. Red Bull will continue to build engines according to Honda's concept, but will most likely not build its own engine from 2025 onwards. For the time being, only Ferrari, Renault and Mercedes will do so.

New F1 engine

For the new rules of 2025, Formula 1 is looking outside its own class. Apart from independent manufacturers such as Ilmor and Cosworth, F1 is looking at the Volkswagen Group according to Auto, Motor und Sport. Porsche and Audi are two strong brands and the Volkswagen Group is said to be watching the premier class of motor sports with interest.

''At the moment we are focusing on series such as the WEC and Formula E, but we are also evaluating all developments in other racing classes. However, the new regulations in Formula 1 will not come until 2025'', said Porsche's Sports Director, Fritz Enzinger. The Volkswagen Group would only be interested in e-fuels and there should also be a clear limit on the cost of building engines, as there is now for the cars.

Porsche or Audi?

''The (Volkswagen) group is following everything from the sidelines at the moment, but nothing more. Of course we are looking at fundamental developments within the sport, and if the situation changes, then we will consider whether a participation in the sport makes sense.''

Among the Volkswagen Group, Porsche and Audi are the most interesting brands for an entry into Formula One. Which of the two that might be remains unknown. ''I can't and don't want to speculate on that. At the moment we are only looking at it from a distance, and only if the sport takes an interesting direction, then we will look further'', Enzinger concluded.

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