Volkswagen Group suggests F1 entry in 2018

2011 F1 season

Felipe Nasr, Carlin, British F3, Paul Ricard, 2011

Felipe Nasr, Carlin, British F3, Paul Ricard, 2011

One of Volkswagen Group’s top executives has suggested the company could enter Formula 1 with one of its brands – but not until 2018.

Wolfgang D???rheimer, the head of Volkswagen Group motorsport, told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, “I could imagine and F1 involvement in 2018, when the group is up front in the automotive industry.”

Volkswagen Group’s motor racing activity is split between different brands across a range of series, including Audi in the DTM and sports prototypes and Skoda in rallying.

The Volkswagen brand will also enter the World Rally Championship in 2013.

Volkswagen Group’s other brands include Bentley and Bugatti (which D???rheimer is CEO of), Seat and Lamborghini.

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64 comments on Volkswagen Group suggests F1 entry in 2018

  1. ScuderiaVincero (@scuderiavincero) said on 29th July 2011, 5:09

    Thinking of Bugatti’s history as a Grand Prix team right now. So why not bring them back to motorsports?

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 29th July 2011, 8:12

    Depressing to think I’ll be 30 if/when this happens!

    Good news though. Variety being the spice of life and all that.

  3. Palle (@palle) said on 30th July 2011, 0:54

    A Beetle F1, ha ha.
    VW Beetle design was more or less stolen from a Czech factory before WWII and VW had to pay after the war.
    Now in their commercials – at least here in Denmark, they try to tell us, that “Everyone deserves a VW!”
    What have I done to deserve a mediocre front wheel pulled means of transportation like that?
    Luckily times have changed since WWII, so I don’t have to drive a VW.
    Car manufacturers don’t last long in F1, – BMW had ambitions to win, after which they would have withdrawn. When they realized it would take too long or the win was not within their reach, they pulled out. VW is probably even worse – at least BMW had a history in F1 from the 80ties also.

  4. Solo (@solo) said on 30th July 2011, 11:54

    It sound like they are waiting for Bernie to die before entering F1. That’s why they seemed to have intentions to enter the last few years but always backed-off. They never thought Bernie will be this healthy but they are hopeful that by 2018 his time will finally come.

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