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24 May 2010 :: 12:05:44 pm 21793

Volkswagen Lead Charge for 2013 Formula One Franchise

The Volkswagen Group could be set to buck the recent trend of car manufacturers by ‘entering’ into the Formula One racing arena. The Volkswagen Motorsport hierarchy has stipulated that the group may be set to enter the fray as early as 2013 providing engine regulations and restrictions are clarified suitably by the FIA.
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International, the 24th of May 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Whilst the likes of Honda, BMW and Toyota have opted out of the ultra competitive and costly form of motor sport in recent times, VW motorsports boss, Kris Nissen, has revealed the ambitious plan of Volkswagen Groups proposed entry into the F1 programme.

Volkswagen Group, which also includes the likes of Audi, Porsche, Skoda, SEAT and Bentley brands, could look at entering the racing calendar as soon a 2013 depending on the conformations of the, as yet unannounced, engine regulations by the FIA.

In relation to the introduction of new engine regulations for upcoming seasons, VW motorsport boss Nissen stated, “All I can say at the moment is that nobody is aware of the new regulations for Formula One engines. Until that is clear I think nobody, including Volkswagen, can do any comments on their interest. First we need from the FIA to know exactly the regulations from 2013 or ’14 season.”

Nissen also commented on the need for a continuing recovery of the costly motorsport following various public setbacks, over regulations and the global economic crisis. “Formula One has been, I would say, in a crisis. It has been very expensive, manufacturers have been pulling out and there are a lot of political discussions and stories. Which I think, personally, is really a shame because I think Formula One is number one in motorsport. Formula One is very attractive for everybody.

Should the VW Group enter into Formula One it is still unclear what the branding for any potential engine would be considering the various car makes that are now under the Volkswagen Group. In relation to branding Nissen explained rather comically, “I’m in charge of the motorsport for the brand Volkswagen, I’m not in charge of the strategy for the group.”Within the group, for sure, it could be Audi, it could be Porsche and might also be Volkswagen. I think it would not suit so well if Skoda, SEAT or Bentley were used.”

Previously, Nissen had rejected claims that the Volkswagen Group had been planning to enter the sport as a constructor, however; these renewed talks regarding VW’s participation are sure to stir the grid. Several constructors have already voiced their opinions regarding the suitability of the new 2010 teams, Virgin Racing and Hispania Racing, who have struggled in the first 6 races and appear to be merely making up the numbers.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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