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Volkswagen Consider F1 Engine Supply From 2012

Volkswagen are considering becoming an engine supplier and possible constructor in Formula One from 2012.

The German automotive giant have just had success with their F3 programme, one of their engined cars came out victorious in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix last weekend.

Their motorsport boss, former racer Hans-Joachim Stuck says he wants VW to get to the pinnacle of motorsport, and provide some of the best engines when the new cost cutting measures come into place from the 2012 season.

“If you’re the world’s largest manufacturer is natural that we’re thinking about [Formula 1], but not before 2012,” Stuck told Autosport

“We’re looking for innovative things, and Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsport. Two years ago there was some talk that Volkswagen is going to buy the Red Bull F1 team, which we didn’t need to buy. Why should we stick with one team if we can give our engines to more teams?

“If you buy Red Bull and Adrian Newey wants to go flying or fishing, the team is not successful any more. Look at BMW. They bought this multi-million dollar wind tunnel and a supercomputer and they now close the doors. Building an engine and providing it to a team is the best way.”


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