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VW rules out F1

VW elects not to pursue an F1 engine programme according to reports
Volkswagen has ruled out the possibility of entering Formula One with one of its brands according to reports in the German media.

Speculation had suggested that VW was evaluating the possibility of using Porsche as a route into F1, which would leave Audi as the focus of its sportscar programme and VW itself left to focus on rallying.

Any move into the F1 arena was however subject to discussions within the VW board, with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper reporting that a board meeting has decided not to push ahead with the plans.

Citing unnamed sources, the 'paper said that both Red Bull and McLaren had shown interest in using engines supplied by Volkswagen but that VW chairman Ferdinand Piech had decided that the VAG group would focus on its current commitments.

That means Audi and Porsche will continue to compete in major sportscar races like the Le Mans 24 Hours while VW is still reported to be interested in making a move into the World Rally Championship alongside its rally raid programme.


Tagged as: Audi , VW , volkswagen , Piech

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Muggsly

November 03, 2010 12:38 PM

It doesn't surprise me in the least that manufacturers don't want to join F1. There hasn't been a consistent set of rules for how many years now. They are not allowed to test which for a new teams is critical. They have a rights holder that is more interested in putting money in his own pocket rather than the teams. And then the same right's holder insults new teams for what most fans would consider them doing a more than admirable job. The list goes on and on. The F1 circus is not what it used to be.

richard

November 03, 2010 1:12 PM
Last Edited 2229 days ago

ferdinand. porsche is still in motorsport, in a big way. they just arent in f1. but really, like bmw, they realise that to sell cars, they need to race what they sell, and i fully agree with that stance. bmw are racing in alms, and are now going into dtm, and possibly v8 supercars. this gains them much more publicity, and i reckon they will sell a lot more m3s etc, than if they won a wdc or wcc. so vw is totally correct in not considering f1.



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