Senior Audi official claims VW Group could enter if the costs are lower
12 October 2009

Volkswagen Group will consider entering Formula One in the future if the costs become lower, according to a senior Audi official.

Reinhold Carl, managing director of Audi Singapore, told the Straits Times newspaper that the VW Group would consider an entry if the benefits outweighed the costs involved.

"If the cost is lower, it will be more manageable," said Carl. He claimed despite the cost cutting measures ongoing in the sport, the cost for entry were "well over a hundred million euro [£92.5m]" per year.

Jaguar, Honda and BMW have all pulled out of F1 in recent years and doubts still remain over Renault's long term future in the sport and particularly Toyota's.

Carl is not convinced that being involved in the sport brings substantial gains to manufacturer teams. When asked what any VW team would be branded as, Carl said the Porsche and Audi names could be used "or even Volkswagen".

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12 October 2009

I can see it now... Williams-Skoda

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I'm The Ωmega Man, always talking to myself

12 October 2009

A Porsche team with Lambo engine.... instant classic!!

12 October 2009

Despite their one abortive foray into F1, the racing heritage would make Bugatti the obvious VAG marque to use I would have thought.


12 October 2009

I hope they think seriously before they dive in. It can backfire. Is it really necessary for VW to enter an arena such as F1? I don't think so.

12 October 2009

It wouldn't be a great idea, BMW just like Audi have a great sportscar heritage but couldn't crack the Ferrari stranglehold on F1. Anyway, they'll get just as much kudos if they stay in Le Mans and topple Peugeot next year.

12 October 2009

Not only Audi, but what about Alonso in a SEAT????? Why stop at one brand? Why not take VW's badge engineering to the next level? The only difference is the Audi supplied teams have to pay more for the same engine... ;)

12 October 2009

Well F1 isn't some sort of 'natural progression' so I see no need for VW to be in. Many manufacturers have stayed well clear. Maybe they've always wanted to be in but thought it was crazily expensive. With the new funding rules proposed maybe they have been turned on by it. We'll see.

12 October 2009

For those who dont think its a good idea are you F1 fans currently? I am and i welcome anything new interesting any changes at all. i fully support it.

I also think of the idea of the team and cars wearing not just one brand name, but all of VW's brands. This effectively divides their F1 costs by a factor of around 7?, making their entry less than 15million a year per brand.

VW-AUDI-PORSCHE-BUGATTI-LAMBORGHINI-SEAT-SKODA F1 TEAM.

12 October 2009

Errr - Bentley anyone?

:)

12 October 2009

...and it's go go GO!... and into the lead goes the PorscheVolkswagenSkodaBentley-SeatAudiLamborghiniBugatti...

While being silly I just had a serious thought.... Toyota, rumoured to having doubts about F1... huge top sec factory in Germany... hmmmm

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