Porsche could make a shock return to F1 in 2013 as part of VW Group's plans to enter the sport
Matt Prior
1 October 2010

Porsche could make a shock return to Formula 1 racing, Porsche’s new chairman, Matthias Mueller, told Autocar at the Paris motor show today.

When asked about Porsche’s motorsport plans, Mueller told us that Porsche or Audi, but not both, could compete in LMP1 prototype sports car racing; with the other brand turning to Formula 1.

However, as recently as June this year - just weeks after celebrating a third 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans in a decade - Audi’s motorsport boss Wolfgang Ullrich told German news agency SID that F1 and Audi “do not fit”.

Today Mueller said: “With LMP1, there are two classes and two brands – Audi and Porsche. We do not like to both go into LMP1 [against each other]; that is not so funny.

“So therefore we have to discuss whether it makes better sense for one of the [two] brands to go into LMP1, and the other brand into Formula 1. So we will have a round-table to discuss the pros and cons,” he said.

It’s no secret that Volkswagen Group has been contemplating entering F1 as an engine supplier in 2012 or 2013, and the newly integrated Porsche marque would give them a brand to suit.

Porsche last competed in F1 – back then as an engine supplier, too – with the Footwork team in 1991.

An engine supply deal would fit with Porsche’s recent motorsport activity, which is buoyant despite it steering largely clear of works entries.

Porsche claims to make more racing cars than anybody else. “It is important to understand we support customer motorsport and we earn money [through the 911 GT and RS Spyder programmes],” said Mueller. “We don’t spend money. We earn money.”

Mueller also said that Porsche’s motorsport division might yet support cross-country rallying, should Volkswagen walk away from the sport next January if it wins its third Dakar Rally.

“Maybe there is the opportunity to follow that model [of its customer race-car sales programme] for off-road customer motorsport,” said Mueller.

Autocar also understands VW Group's vice president for powertrains Wolfgang Hatz has been heavily involved in discussions with the FIA regarding the proposed new four-cylinder turbocharged engines the sport plans to introduce from 2013.

 

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1 October 2010

We have had many claims recently about VW entering Formula 1, mainly about it being with an Audi badged engine. Obviously, Porsche would suit F1 better image wise than Audi but it will have to be the Porsche from TAG Mclaren days rather than the Footwork Arrows shambles.

1 October 2010

I would have thought Lambo was a better fit for F1. They could buy Toro Rosso (which is up for sale allegedly) and make it another team for the Italians to support. Then Porsche can stick with GT2/3 and Supercup, Audi LMP1, Skoda and VW can go rallying and Seat compete in touring cars.

1 October 2010

[quote TheWizardWeb]I would have thought Lambo was a better fit for F1. They could buy Toro Rosso (which is up for sale allegedly) and make it another team for the Italians to support.[/quote]

That's a really good idea! They used to be an engine supplier, so why not again? As I see it you share the risk between teams if you just do engines. You've more chances of winning a championship so I'm surprised that other manufacturers don't opt for this route.

Audi will only go in to F1 if they're allowed to do a diesel, and Porsche if they can enter a 4x4 SUV....

1 October 2010

Oh team lotus could make a comeback, they seemed to have launched everything else at Paris! Whats that - lotus are already in the F1 field..sorry have not seen them that much!!!!!!!!!

To live is to drive

1 October 2010

Williams-Porsche please :)

1 October 2010

[quote bentleyboy]

Oh team lotus could make a comeback, they seemed to have launched everything else at Paris! Whats that - lotus are already in the F1 field..sorry have not seen them that much!!!!!!!!!

[/quote]

I hear they had a flaming good display stand at Singapore :)

1 October 2010

Well, if VAG buy Alfa Romeo, that would be a perfect brand to put back into F1 to take on their precocious offspring, Ferrari...

1 October 2010

[quote disco.stu]Well, if VAG buy Alfa Romeo, that would be a perfect brand to put back into F1[/quote]Makes no sense. Alfa is Already seen as being a sporty marque, no need to join F1.

1 October 2010

Well, what with the engine changes next year and costs of racing Porsche might be right to have a go, why not?, but the real question would be, whose car would the engine go in?.

Peter Cavellini.

1 October 2010

[quote The Special One]Makes no sense. Alfa is Already seen as being a sporty marque, no need to join F1.[/quote]

So Porsche is not sporty then?

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