RED BULL WILL HAVE A CHANCE WITH PORSCHE IN 2022 ?
Jean Todt says he hopes Volkswagen is contemplating a move into Formula 1.
Late last month, and although VW brands Audi and Porsche are in Formula E, Volkswagen chief Herbert Diess said F1 with “synthetic fuels” would be “a much more exciting and fun tech-competition than Formula E”.
The German medium F1-Insider reports that talks are going on between Red Bull Racing and Porsche. This morning Honda announced that it will stop supplying engines from 2021.
Surprisingly, F1-Insider is able to report so soon after Honda’s news that talks are taking place between Red Bull and Porsche.
“The mother company Volkswagen has been wanting to enter Formula 1 with the luxury car brand for a long time”, they write on their website. “They want Red Bull as their partner team.”
But 2022 is too early, they say. Well-imported sources assume that Porsche will probably only want to take part in the sport from 2026 onwards. That is when the rules for motorbikes will change.
The CEO of Porsche, Herbert Diess, has publicly flirted with the idea of racing. “In my opinion, we should continue racing. Sport is becoming climate-neutral through the use of synthetic fuels. It is a lot more exciting, fun and interesting than Formula E”, he writes on his LinkedIn page.
For Max Verstappen, the coming years will be very exciting at Red Bull. He has a clause in his contract stating that he may leave if Red Bull cannot offer him a competitive engine.
The future will tell if the young superstar will stay with the Austrian team.
The last VW brand to compete in F1
The last VW brand to compete in F1 was Lamborghini (although it was not owned by Volkswagen at the time).
From 1989 to 1993, Lamborghini provided V12 engines to a variety of teams, including Larousse, Lotus, Ligier and Minardi. Overall, the project was not particularly successful, although Larousse did score the only podium in team history at the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix with a Lamborghini engine. That third-place finish would also prove to be Lamborghini’s best finish.
In 1991, Lamborghini designed a chassis to pair with its engine for a new team owned by Mexican businessman Fernando Gonzalez Luna.
Having already invested the money to develop the car, Lamborghini renamed the team Modena and supported its operations for the 1991 season. After a disappointing campaign with no points scored, though, the team was allowed to die.
After two more years as an engine supplier, with just five points scored in that time, Lamborghini exited F1 and was bought by VW in 1998.
Looking forward, if Volkswagen does decide to enter F1, which brand should they use? Let us know in the comments section.
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