Movement is slowly coming in…
A VW entry into Formula 1 has been expected for months. Now, for the first time, the VW boss has made his public statement quite clear.
Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess (63) explained at an event organized by the “Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung” and “Wolfsburger Nachrichten” about his two group brands, Audi and Porsche: “Both have started to develop engines.”
At Porsche, the plans are “pretty concrete,” says Diess. And: “When Porsche does motorsport, the most efficient thing is to drive Formula 1.” Porsche is considered the sportiest brand of the Wolfsburg VW Group.
The CEO thus confirms what BILD and SPORT BILD have already reported: Negotiations at Porsche and Red Bull are very advanced. There are rumors in the paddock that the two parties have agreed so far. This is about the joint development of engines.
An Audi entry into the motorsport premier class has also been rumored for some time. However, unlike sister company Porsche, the brand has not yet found the right bride and the right overall package. Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin and McLaren as well as Williams are considered candidates.
The VW supervisory board had already given the green light for entry into Formula 1 in April. There is room for entry from 2026, when Formula 1 engines will be subject to new rules. A general agreement has already been reached within Formula 1 and with the participation of VW, among others, on final engine regulations, but nothing has yet been decided on in detail.
For Formula 1 and VW, an entry would be a win for both sides.
Formula 1 would gain two prestigious brands for itself. And for VW, too, the advantage is obvious. Diess explains: “We received the promise that we would get more money to Wolfsburg with Formula 1 than without Formula 1.”