Volkswagen considers F1 in 2018
Volkswagen could consider a move in to Formula One in 2018, according to VW's head of motorsport.
Wolfgang Duerheimer has said that a future move in to Formula One was a possibility, despite the company's head of technical development seemingly ruling out such an entry back in March. Volkswagen's stable includes Audi, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat and Skoda, and it is likely that any team would run under one of these names.
"I could imagine involvement in Formula One in 2018, when the company is at the forefront of the industry," Duerheimer told Auto Motor und Sport. "We have enough brands that could do that."
Formula One has been attempting to attract new manufacturers in recent years, with the 2014 engine regulations deigned to be more appealing to those looking to enter the sport. Adrian Newey said that the original four-cylinder turbo units were proposed for 2013 because Audi would enter F1 as a result, but the manufacturer decided against the move, and the engine regulations were subsequently changed to 1.6L V6 turbos to be introduced a year later.