• Mar 21st 2010 at 12:02PM
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Williams is intent on bringing another major automaker into Formula 1, but which will get the call? Volkswagen has toyed with the idea of entering F1 for some time. The German auto giant is one of the largest carmakers never to participate in the sport, notwithstanding Porsche and Lamborghini, which have in the past and which have since fallen under the VW umbrella. The latest reports suggest that if costs continue to drop and stability is restored, Volkswagen could field an entry – in some form or another – by 2013. Questions remain over which of its many brands and divisions VW would choose to promote through its participation, and whether it'd opt for a full-on factory team (like Ferrari, Renault or Mercedes-Benz) or instead develop and supply engines to existing teams (as Cosworth currently does).

Williams, for its part, is very interested in partnering with Volkswagen, should it join the grid in 2013. How interested? Autocar reports that could Williams could be interested in selling its F1 team wholesale to Volkswagen, much as Sauber did to BMW (Williams' old partner, which has since left the sport entirely) and Brawn has to Mercedes-Benz. Williams F1 team principals Frank Williams and Patrick Head have already offloaded part of the team to Austrian investor Toto Wolff, and Autocar quotes Williams as saying to Germany's Bild, "We are stronger with a manufacturer than as a private team."

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry Noah, but both Porsche and Lamborghini have been part of the sport before, as engine providers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Read it again:

        "The German auto giant is one of the largest carmakers never to participate in the sport, notwithstanding Porsche and Lamborghini, which have in the past and which have since fallen under the VW umbrella."
      • 5 Years Ago
      I believe back in the early 80's VW had put down a concept narrow angle v8 with a single cylinder head for a F1 engine, and there was talk of VW actually building the car and engine much as Ferrari does.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No, VW shouldn't join F1. It's a waste of money. Spend more on touring car / rally and son on instead.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Surely Volkswagen would field the team as Lamborghini to compete with Ferrari or Audi to compete with Merecdes-Benz rather than using the VW name.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it makes more sense to enter with the VW name.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Even knowing that it would be the same company paying the bills I still would rather see VW on the car and not Lambo.Like jjm said it is more of an average joes car company. All said it would be sad to see another private team become a manufacturer ran car but if it goes to anyone I would love to see it be VW or even Ford!
        • 5 Years Ago
        While Lambo might make sense, F1 might be better served by the name VW as they are the average joe's car. That would bring in the fans that do not know about the VW/Lambo relationship. I'm not saying one is better than the other, just saying that VW might make sense to marketing. Either way, a new manufacturer is good for F1.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Only Audi is right. Why would VW promote anything other than a German brand? And unlike Porsche, Audi actually has history in the infancy of GP racing (the precursor to F1). Consider that the last time Audi competed in GP racing, it was the rival of that other German brand who just coincidentally returned from that same era...only back then it was called Auto Union GP.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Call it a Seat engine for the Spanish GP, a VW for Germany, Bugatti for France, and Lambo for Italy... whoever needs the marketing in that region.

      Who wouldn't like to see a Skoda powered F1 car?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, it is always better than a Lada powered car (Renault) XD
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like Williams is the next team to close shop. I remember when they were BMW-Williams, they complained that BMW was taking too much control of their operation. Now they're doing a 180. Obviously, whatever changes were done to F1 this year doesn't seem it will be enough to carry private teams into the future.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In other news, Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) is about to purchase a large junk of British national rail and London Buses....

      British Williams is beggin German VW to enter F1 to save them from going down the history as a used-to-be great British team. McLaren is facing similar prospects. No to mention that Mini, Rolls and Bentley are German brands and German cars.

      One wonders why Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe bothered 70 years ago....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Williams used to be great because back in the day, the entire grid were independent teams. With so many major marques backing F1 teams, or even fielding their own, Williams cannot compete with the budget EVEN with a major budget cut.
        • 5 Years Ago
        War is about money! The big business boys were pulling the strings then and they are pulling them now. Just a different way of doing business.
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