Porsche chose Le Mans over F1 for “road relevance”

2013 F1 season

Porsche 911 GT1-98, Le Mans 24 Hours, 1998Porsche says a lack of “road relevance” in F1’s regulations is the reason why it chose to race at Le Mans instead from next year.

The German manufacturer began considered a return to F1 three years ago but decided to build a new LMP1 car for 2014.

“It was clear two or three years ago that we had to be back in high-level motorsport,” head of research and design Wolfgang Hatz told Autocar. “It was a choice between top-flight sports cars or Formula One.”

“But the final decision was the only logical one,” he explained. “F1 was an alternative, but the road relevance is not there.”

“Also, there is a lot of publicity around politics and tyres, but not so much about the engines and chassis. The aero, too, is incredible, but so extreme that it cannot result in any development in our road car understanding.”

Formula One is introducing new engine rules for 2014 and Honda are among the manufacturers believed to be considering a return.

Porsche competed in F1 as a constructors in the sixties, winning a single race. It enjoyed a highly successful spell as McLaren’s engine supplier in the eighties, winning a string of championships, but a later return with Footwork was a flop.

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88 comments on Porsche chose Le Mans over F1 for “road relevance”

  1. WarfieldF1 (@warfieldf1) said on 24th April 2013, 15:58

    Its “Horses for Courses”
    As mentioned a long way above, endurance racing is to Porsche what F1 is to Ferrari; it is in their DNA.
    This doesnt exclude them from other series’ but it does manke it understandable.
    Ferrari of course are the 3rd most succussful marque at Le Mans and it would be great to see them have the bandwidth to give it a go.
    As someone who started going to Le Mans in the noughties, it would be great to see the Audi dominance crushed but i just dont see it this year on the basis of the Silverstone race. Thankfuly the LMP2s and GTs will help keep me glued to the trackside. Only 57 days before i depart……….and counting ;-)

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