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Porsche 'can afford' F1

The speculation swirling around a possible return to F1 competition for legendary German sportscar marque Porsche is gathering pace - and the word is, if it does come back, it will not be as merely an engine-supplier...
Porsche has taken another step closer to a return to F1, with a leading representative for the legendary German sportscar marque revealing that it 'can afford' to rejoin the grand prix grid – and in its own right, too.

Porsche has not featured at the highest level since its ill-fated engine-supply deal with Footwork back in 1991, but it has been suggested that the anticipated revised regulations package from 2013 – centring upon a 1.6-litre powerplant rather than the 2.4-litre units used at present – could be a sizeable incentive to tempt the Volkswagen-owned brand back into the fray.

At the Paris motor show last weekend, new Porsche chairman Matthias Müller confirmed that there would be a round-table discussion to 'discuss the pros-and-cons' of a possible F1 comeback two decades on from the company's last appearance in the top flight [see separate story – click here] – and now research and development director Wolfgang Durheimer has intriguingly joined in the chorus by contending that any return need not be limited to that of merely an engine-partner.

“If Porsche was to go to F1, then it would only be with its own team, because you need complete control over all the competition-related factors, including the car and its technology,” he told German publication Auto Motor und Sport. “Porsche is a very profitable company; we can afford that.”



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7sport

October 08, 2010 4:57 PM

Hope Porsche do join F1 and commit to it rather than dabble and leave like most manufacturers. I am suprised given their history has primarily been in successfully campaigning and supporting sportscars Have to say that like Ferrari they (Porsche) are very keen to develop carbon fibre related chassis components into their mass market products (mclaren have already pushed ahead with this on the MC12) and are also be keen to develop smaller capacity performance engines to meet EU dreaded CO2 targets. So i suspect that if senior company people are already openly discussing the possibility of a return to F1 as a constructor then the business case is probably with Porsche and VW boards respectively and the cost benefit analysis underway. Porsche v Ferrari v Mclaren v Lotus fighting for first into Eau Rouge....starts to sound really good doesn't it!



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