Williams is intent on bringing another major automaker into Formula 1, but which will get the call?
toyed with the idea
of entering F1 for
. The German auto giant is one of the largest carmakers never to participate in the sport, notwithstanding
, which have in the past and which have since fallen under the
umbrella. The latest reports suggest that if costs continue to drop and stability is restored,
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
) 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?
reports that could Williams could be interested in selling its F1 team wholesale to Volkswagen, much as
(Williams' old partner, which has since left the sport entirely) and
. Williams F1 team principals Frank Williams and Patrick Head have already
offloaded part of the team
to Austrian investor Toto Wolff, and
quotes Williams as saying to Germany's
, "We are stronger with a manufacturer than as a private team."