Porsche considering F1 return

Porsche are evaluating a return to Formula 1, the company’s chairman revealed at the Paris Motor Show today.

Speaking to Autocar new chairman Matthias Mueller said:

With LMP1, there are two classes and two brands ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ Audi and Porsche. We do not like to both go into LMP1 [against each other]; that is not so funny.

So therefore we have to discuss whether it makes better sense for one of the [two] brands to go into LMP1, and the other brand into Formula 1. So we will have a round-table to discuss the pros and cons.
Matthias Mueller

Porsche last competed as a full manufacturer in F1 in the early sixties. They won a single championship race at Rouen in 1962, with Dan Gurney driving.

They left the spot two years later having decided it was too expensive. But they made two subsequent returns as engine suppliers.

The first was their highly successful TAG-financed engine supply deal with McLaren between 1983 and 1987. During that time the cars powered by 1.5-litre Porsche turbos won 25 races and claimed the constructors’ championship twice and the drivers’ championship three times.

A later return in 1991, supplying V12s to the Footwork team, was far less successful. The Porsche-powered car never finished a race, and halfway through the season the team replaced the engine with a Ford unit.

Although Porsche hasn’t raced in F1 for almost two decades Porsche Supercup support races have become a fixture at most rounds of the championship. Porsche also competes in several sports car series including the Le Mans Series, the American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am.

Porsche has also built a 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car which uses F1-derived KERS technology supplied by Williams Hybrid Power.

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74 comments on Porsche considering F1 return

  1. Mike-e said on 1st October 2010, 15:30

    Surely HRT-SEAT as both ‘spanish’

    Would be great to see either Porsche or lamborghini back in f1

  2. Alexi (@) said on 1st October 2010, 17:14

    It would be great to have Porsche back. I really think F1 should stop with the aerodynamic madness and allow teams to develop road-relevant compounds. That surely would bring a lot of car constructors back to the sport, bringing big budgets and diversity to the grid.

    • bosyber said on 1st October 2010, 21:20

      That somehow sounds scarily close in concept to a redone NASCAR, now with european brands. I don’t think I would like seeing a porsche F911 or an Audi AF1 4-wheel drive, mimicking the style of their best known sports car.

      • Alexi (@) said on 1st October 2010, 22:39

        I for sure don’t like the privateurs, national teams, low budgets, drivers paying to enter the grid and engine monopoly. Sounds very amateurish to me. Twelve or so top constructors would be very cool.

  3. Bernard said on 1st October 2010, 19:05

    This is fantastic news, go Porsche!

  4. verstappen said on 1st October 2010, 21:55

    I think Volkswagen is too much about reliability to enter F1, even as an engine supplier.

    A Porsche engine blowing up while being fast is just a race engine blowing up – something which can be expected more or less.

    However a Volkswagen engine blowing up, would give te same issue as Mercedes had when McLaren blew up so much of those. Taxidrivers around the world were getting nervous, I recall.

    And Audi’s diesels are doing the perfect job in Lemans, so why change that?

  5. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 2nd October 2010, 3:28

    Porsche will return if they see that Mercedes is doing a good job as three manufacture pulled out of the sports in 2 years, I think the best thing they can do is to buy one existing team like HRT or Torro Rosso who I heard is up for sale, another thing they can do is to comeback as a engine supplier & power William.

  6. MacLeod said on 4th October 2010, 13:59

    Spyker -Audi sounds great ) never mind dreaming .. I hope Porsche will enter but i think they will be as engine supplier i am afraid.

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