F1 » Porsche evaluating F1 return


For the first time in more than two decades in 2013, Porsche could be a feature on the grand prix grid, should parent company VW elect to move one of its two flagship racing brands from sportscars into F1

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richard

October 03, 2010 5:11 PM

with the new rules going for small capacity turbocharged engines, i would see that VW would gain more in marketing terms. that would allow porsche to continue in the large engine series.

Alan D - Unregistered

October 03, 2010 6:03 PM

The sensible way for Porsche to get into F1 would be to snap up Toro Rosso before anyone else does.

It seems strange to me that if they wanted to enter F1 as a new team then they have to go through the FIA's application procedure and compete against Stefan, JV, Peter Windsor etc for the place, and put forward financial records etc to show they are in it for the long run, whereas if they buy up an existing team then they don't have to pass anything like the same amount of scrutiny.

It used to be the case that new teams didn't get any prize money out of Bernie for the first two years. Given that the new teams haven't scored any points yet, this might not be an issue, but Merc took over Brawn, so it certainly gets prize money. If that's still the case, its another good reason for Porsche to take over STR instead of going in as a new team.

Alan D - Unregistered

October 03, 2010 6:07 PM

By the same token, Porsche could be looking at Hispania or at Virgin, (which presumably reverts to being Midland at the end of the season). It will be interesting to see if these teams decide they are not in F1 for the long haul and can make a tidy profit by selling their franchise to Porsche.

richard

October 03, 2010 6:27 PM

alan. porsche/vw/audi have said that they would NOT enter f1 as a constructor, but only (if the conditions were right) as an engine supplier. and i think that they would be mad to consider buying a team. far better to do a deal with the likes of JV, who would buy a team, be it hrt, sauber or str, with a pre agreement to supply engines , concentrating on that team for their main exposure.

Alan D - Unregistered

October 03, 2010 6:34 PM

Richard, shame, I was wondering if they were going to resurrect the Auto Union name. Entering F1 as an engine supplier only was Merc's plan as well wasn't it? I wonder if they are thinking now that maybe they should have stuck to that? Having another engine supplier in F1 would definitely be a good thing.

richard

October 03, 2010 6:52 PM

alan. re merc. yes, thats one of the reasons that i would agree that porsche etc, would not come in as a constructor. being an engine supplier would be the cheapest and most effective way to get your name in the limelight. i could also see some badge engineering. for instance, if hrt were to sign with the group, their engine could be badged as seat. seat are suffering a decline in fortunes at present and could do with a bit of clever marketing.

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