For three years we have ridden the high seas when it comes to Volkswagen's reported entry into Formula One. In 2009, the German juggernaut's interest was piqued by the idea of supplying engines when the new regulations mandated 1.6-liter turbocharged V6s in 2014. By the end of 2010, it was said that VW had decided not to join the F1 circus, but that hasn't stopped repeated speculative announcements to the contrary.

Just three months ago Jost Capito, VW's recently christened head of motorsport, said VW wouldn't enter F1. But he was speaking for the VW brand, not the group – and that is perhaps why we can have a brand new report sourced from Germany's Sport Bild magazine (we can't locate the report on the Sport Bild site, though) that the VW Group is considering entering F1 in 2015 with Sauber. Peter Sauber is said to have admitted meeting VW CEO Martin Winterkorn at the Geneva Motor Show this year, but Sauber F1 team CEO Monisha Kaltenborn said that's where the story ends.

Not according to the Sport Bild report, though: it says not only is VW looking to partner with Sauber, but longer term it could be planning its own chassis that would be designed at the Porsche Motorsport Centre in Weissach, Germany, where Porsche is also working on its Le Mans entrant. Could VW have big things in mind for its newest carmaker acquisition? Porsche has said it's focused on Le Mans and not F1, but who knows, and we wouldn't complain about a Porsche-McLaren-Lotus/Renault-Mercedes-AMG battle in the series. It would also be interesting to see if Volkswagen could succeed as a constructor, an effort at in which other German brands have so far failed in the modern era.

The 2015 timing is odd, but the mentioned team might not be. Sauber is doing amazingly well this year with hardly any sponsorship at all, much less manufacturer backing: both its drivers are in the top ten, and it is the sixth in the constructor standings behind the manufacturers and Red Bull Racing. And we're sure it's just coincidence that Jost Capito was an executive and COO at the Sauber Red Bull Racing F1 team for five years from 1996-2001.


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      Mehul
      • 2 Years Ago
      I for one, would like to see Lamborghini in F1
      Reli Dtm
      • 2 Years Ago
      my guess is they do it under audi brand or porsche
      charro
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Sauber is doing amazingly well this year with hardly any sponsorship at all" Carlos Slim will want a word with you... And yes Checo Perez and Kamui Kobayashi have done an awesome job, rubbing againts top teams almost every race.
      healthtrekker
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just think, as the competitors pit every so often for fuel, VW could do it 1x a lap for each breakdown: electrics, water pump, window regulator, coil pack, electrics, timing belt, electrics, sludging w/ non-synth oil in a turbo motor, electrics, rear drum brakes, electrics, ?, electrics, a 5-cyl that sounds like a tractor, electrics, bad fuel economy, electrics, crappy hp, timing chain, electrics, ancient engine, electrics, electrics, electrics, ...
        ufgrat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @healthtrekker
        You know there's no refueling during F1 races, right?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      BAirey
      • 2 Years Ago
      We've all heard the rumors that Audi will stop competing at the P1 level at Le Mans. I really wish Audi Sport would join F1. They already make the most technically advanced direct injection turbo v6 for the R18 TDI. Even though it's diesel they would have a massive advantage compared to the other engine suppliers. I would really like to stop hearing Lotus in the same line as Mclaren as competition. They are not a manufacturer. They are a sponsor of the defunct Renault team. Zero know how from the Lotus brand is in that car. My number one dream is for Ford to have team. Ecoboost engines and ideal for the epic return to the US. Could really help their lagging Euro sales. Last but not least. There needs to be a Japanese manufacture. Honda should return as an engine supplier only. Turbo V6s are their legend in F1 powering Senna in his Mclaren. End the ban on alcohol and tobacco sponsorship. Absolutely unnessessary. I live F1. It needs a bit less regulation though.
      BrentNelson
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow !!!! This is really shocking and good news for all racing lovers. Volkswagen is one of the Reputed Brand in Auto world. In formula One there are already a lot of banded cars , Volkswagen will get a tough competition in F1 racing . But I will love to see Volkswagen cars in F1 racing.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meaning they buy Ross Braun's team from Mercedes when they pull out? Mercedes has been near the front but can't close the deal. I actually really like the idea of national teams with national manufacturers, national drivers, etc. I would like to see more of it, but then, I'm not paying the bill am I?
      Shahul X
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's be nice to see a Vw group car.. Imagine a VW/Audi/Lamborghini/Porsche/bugatti/Bentley classes car running down Mercedes and Ferrari
      Proghog
      • 2 Years Ago
      Carefree where ever we may be.
      Superior Auto NY
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am very happy VW is making it's way into the F1 Racing !! Go VW!!!!!