Porsche to discuss Formula 1 return, reveals chairman
Porsche could return to Formula 1 under the new engine regulations expected to be implemented in 2013, according to chairman Matthias Mueller.
New boss Mueller said the VW Group will “discuss the pros and cons” of an F1 return and would enter the sport with either its Porsche or Audi marque.
“With LMP1 (Le Mans Prototype), there are two classes and two brands – Audi and Porsche,”Mueller told Autocar. “We do not like to both go into LMP1; that is not so funny.
“So therefore, we have to discuss whether it makes better sense for one of the brands to go into LMP1 and the other brand into Formula 1. So we will have a roundtable to discuss the pros and cons.”
The new turbo rules for 2013 -which are currently under negotiation -are likely to be based around a 1.6 litre formula, which could be perfect for Porsche, who won the world championship in 1985, 1986, and 1987 in partnership with McLaren with a TAG-badged 1.5l turbo.
Earlier this year, Audi’s motorsport boss Wolfgang Ullrich said F1 and the German firm “do not fit”, suggesting that if one of the VW brands were to enter F1 it would be Porsche.
Porsche/Audi are already well connected in F1 through existing teams. Red Bull have maintained strong links with Audi over the years through a number of existing business deals, while HRT team boss Colin Kolles is also well related with the manufacturer in Germany.