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F1 has no relevance, says Audi boss

Wolfgang Ullrich: Audi has always been engaged in motorsport that's relevant to our customers such as rallying and touring cars, which brought quattro, FSI and TFSI to our road cars. This is why in 1999 we decided against F1.

Audi motorsport boss Wolfgang Ullrich has said that the manufacturer is not interested in F1.

His latest comments seemingly contradict those made at the end of January, when he refused to rule out the possibility of the brand entering F1 in future despite its success in other formulae [see separate story - click here].

Speaking in an interview earlier this month though with Car Magazine he said F1's main issue is relevance – or the lack of it.

“There's a very good reason why we are not in F1,” he explained. “There's no relevance to the road.

“Audi has always been engaged in motorsport that's relevant to our customers such as rallying and touring cars, which brought quattro, FSI and TFSI to our road cars. This is why in 1999 we decided against F1. Instead we decided to take on the greatest race in the world. We went for Le Mans.”

“Our goal is track to road technology,” he added. “The best proof of technology is success in motorsport. Lightweight construction, downsized engines and greater economy – they are as relevant for the road as they are for the track.'

“At Le Mans, one of our cars will cover 325 miles more than an F1 car will cover in an entire season, our average speed including pits stops will be 20mph higher than an F1 car and we will use 42 per cent less fuel. You cannot argue with those figures,” Ullrich concluded.


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Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller. Audi R18 TDI. Le Mans test day 2011 [Pic credit: Audi]
T. Bernhard / R. Dumas / M. Rockenfeller Audi R18 TDI
Start, Fassler/Treluyer/Lotterer Audi R18 TDI leads

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bojan - Unregistered

May 27, 2011 9:35 PM

Another problem with F1 is that it is too preoccupied with the drivers rather than the cars. "Audi win Le Mans" is a better headline for a car manufacturer than "Vettel wins at Catalunya". Anyway, I am looking forward more to Le Mans than to the whole F1 season, and I don't think I'm alone.

sanky - Unregistered

May 27, 2011 9:44 PM

i dont think ferrari nd mclaren r doing too bad in producing road cars incorporating their expertise from F1 ....plus Mclaren's first road car the Mclaren F1 won the le mans on debut



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