Porsche’s new chairman, Matthias Mueller, is not closing the possibility for the company to return to Formula 1 racing, according to an Autocar report. In this interview held at the Paris Motor Show, Mueller said that either Porsche or Audi will compete in LMP1 prototype sports car racing. And that the other brand will be in Formula 1.
Last June, Audi’s motorsport boss Wolfgang Ullrich had told German news agency SID that F1 and Audi “do not fit.” At the Paris Motor Show, Mueller said that with LMP1, there are two classes and two brands – Audi and Porsche.
He explained that the company wouldn’t want both brands to compete with each other in the LMP1. He explained that the company has to figure out if it will make sense “for one of the [two] brands to go into LMP1, and the other brand into Formula 1.”
It is believed that Volkswagen Group has been thinking about joining F1 as an engine supplier in 2012 or 2013. The newly integrated Porsche marque would give them a brand to suit. It was in 1991 that Porsche last competed in F1 with the Footwork team.
At that time, Porsche was also an engine supplier. Going in with an engine supply deal will fit Porsche’s recent motorsport activity, which is buoyant despite having avoided works entries.
Porsche asserts that it makes more racing cars than any other company. Mueller also talked about the value of supporting customer motorsport. He pointed out the fact that the company doesn’t spend but rather earns money through the 911 GT and RS Spyder programs. [via autocar]