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Comments from senior executive Lutz Meschke suggest German brand will return to F1 in 2021
Sam Sheehan
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5 September 2017

Porsche looks set to return to Formula 1 as an engine supplier from 2021, when the sport introduces new, lower-cost engine regulations.

Speaking to Autosport at the weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, Lutz Meschke, deputy chairman of Porsche's executive board, said F1 “could be one of the right places” for the brand.

"As you know, Formula E is very important for us now, and F1 is always a good topic to think about,” he said. “And I think we are in quite good discussions regarding the new engine."

Porsche’s interest in F1 - which could see the brand return to the grid for the first time since 1991, when it supplied engines to Footwork in its uncompetitive A11C (above) - is linked to the sport’s planned shift from today’s highly complex hybrid drivetrains to a simpler V6 turbo system in the next decade.

"We have to cut costs in F1 and it's a good way to reach this target,” explained Meschke, before dismissing the chances of Porsche returning as a team by stating: "Discussions are around being a supplier."

Porsche is closing its LMP1 programme, which races in the World Endurance Championship, at the end of this season. It will enter a factory team into Formula E from the 2019/20 season.

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HHX621 19 September 2017

1800cc hybrid technology

testing in a  porsche cayman gt4 weissach. developing 920 ps. future f1 engine?

concinnity 6 September 2017

Porsche just like Renault?

So Porsche will become just like that well known prestige brand, Renault? Another noted engine only supplier in F1.

Mike_Spencer 6 September 2017

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Renault bought out the Enstone-based Lotus F1 team (nee Benetton) in 2015 making them one of only three manufacturer teams alongside Ferrari and Mercedes. With the forthcoming 2021 regulations it will be facinating to see whether having total control over both chassis and powertrain decisions will be crucial to success. With the bargaining power of Ferrari you have to think it still will be...

Lanehogger 5 September 2017

A kick in the teeth for the WEC

I can only assume that if this is true, then Porsche's decision to enter F1 is to continue to further develop their hybrid technology but without the massive cost of also developing a car too which was the case in the WEC. It's much cheaper to just be an engine supplier, but then they could have done this in the WEC where I'm sure the rules don't say a manufacturer has to produce both a car and an engine (i.e. Rebellion racing when they were in LMP1). If that's the case then perhaps in addtion to developing hybrid powertrains, the glamour and vanity of F1 prevails. Which is a shame as LMP1 is at least on a par with F1 cars for technology and engineering, even if costs are the same.

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