“I don’t want to and can’t speculate on that” – Volkswagen Group brands Audi and Porsche will attend the power units talks along with Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault, and Red Bull.
Audi vice-president Fritz Enzinger was coy on suggestions Volkswagen Group could join Formula 1 as a power unit supplier. This was earlier this year when brands Audi and Porsche were rumoured to be considering an entry from 2025 onwards.
“Of course we are following the fundamental decisions. Only when this state of affairs should change and the VW Group is considering involvement in whatever form would it make sense to participate in the corresponding committees.
“I don’t want to and can’t speculate on that. At the moment, we are only observing it from the Group perspective. Only when the topic develops in an interesting direction can there be any further assessments at all.”
Could Porsche make a return to Formula 1?
Porsche was mostly active in F1 during the sixties, and then again during the eighties as power unit suppliers to McLaren. Apart from this, Porsche had a disastrous 1991 season with the Footwork Arrows, their last season in the sport.
Big meeting set up at Spielberg on July 3rd to discuss 2025 engine rules. Källenius (Mercedes), Elkann (Ferrari), de Meo (Renault), Mateschitz (Red Bull), Blume (Porsche) & Duesmann (Audi) will meet up with Todt, Domenicali & Brawn.
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Nevertheless, CEO Oliver Blume had suggested earlier that one of Audi or Porsche could enter F1, and it could well be the latter. Blume will be attending the meeting in Austria, along with his Audi counterpart Markus Duesmann.
The other attendees include Renault CEO Luca de Meo, Ferrari president John Elkann, Daimler chairman Ola Kallenius, and Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz.
The meeting would be presided over by the trio of F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, motorsport MD Ross Brawn, and FIA president Jean Todt.