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Formula 1: VW in F1? Decision is getting closer

The traffic lights are already on yellow, in November they should switch to green. F1-Insider.com found out: The Volkswagen Group will soon make a decision to enter Formula 1 with its Audi and Porsche brands. In November there will be a meeting of the supervisory board in Wolfsburg with the topic of Formula 1 on the agenda. Insiders expect that those responsible will then get the green light.
If the worst comes to the worst, the course has already been set. According to information from F1-Insider.com, the VW simulation games say that Porsche is considering a collaboration with Red Bull and Audi could enter into a partnership with McLaren.

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For both brands, the group would then – in cooperation with Red Bull Powertrains, among others – develop an engine that will be built for the new 2026 regulations. The key data: a 1.6-liter V6 turbo with a motor-generator unit that recovers braking energy and contributes almost 50 percent of the power. The complicated heat engine, which currently still converts the heat of the exhaust gas jet into energy and fires the turbo, is to be omitted. That makes the engine much cheaper. Also very important: The combustion engine should be operated with synthetic fuel.

Max Verstappen’s Red Bull could be powered by a Porsche engine in 2026.

One thing is certain: both Volkswagen and Red Bull, who will be using the Honda engine on their own from next year, have long been prepared. Red Bull recently poached the Englishman Ben Hodgkinson from Mercedes. The Briton is the new engine manager for the Austrians. Negotiations are now underway with Mercedes as to whether approval is possible before 2023. According to the contract, Hodgkinson should only then start working for a new employer.

One thing is clear: Red Bull wants to send clear signals with the prominent commitment, which is not the only one. But motorsport boss Helmut Marko also makes it clear at F1-Insider.com: “First of all, we want to make sure that we can stand on our own two feet with our ambitious project.” But the man from Graz adds in the direction of VW: “When partners join us you are of course welcome. “

The group, which was on the verge of a Formula 1 deal with Red Bull (the diesel scandal in September 2015 destroyed the connection between Audi and Red Bull, which had already been believed to be safe), has also set the course.

In September, for example, Audi hired former BMW engineer Adam Baker. Audi boss Markus Duesmann personally hired the Australian. Baker’s job description, “Manager for special tasks”, is just a nice way of preparing Audi’s entry into the premier class. Duesmann, who was also on the board of directors at BMW, has always viewed Formula 1 as a gigantic marketing platform for automobile brands.

Audi could cooperate with McLaren.

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl also plays an important role in the simulation games. From his time at BMW, the Bavarian not only knows Duesmann and Baker very well, but also the structures of BMW and Volkswagen. At BMW he worked for a long time as a leading engineer in Formula 1, with Porsche he won the Le Mans 24 Hours as project manager, among other things. In 2019 he switched to the traditional British team, which found its way back on the road to success under his leadership.

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Alone: ​​There are still hurdles to overcome. This could be compared with those with which the SPD, the Greens and the FDP are confronted in the current coalition negotiations. Everyone has to compromise to come to an agreement. The same goes for Audi, Porsche, Red Bull and McLaren.

Background: The corporations mustn’t demand too much influence. Red Bull wants to remain as autonomous and independent as McLaren. Both would be happy to have great partners, but they don’t necessarily need them. “Constellations have to be found that require humility and compromise from everyone involved,” says the protagonists. Only then can the traffic lights be switched from yellow to green.

Formula 1 on TV

Formula 1 will run at Sky in 2021. The station is setting up its own TV station for the new era: Sky Formula 1. Here there is motorsport 24 hours a day. All training sessions, all qualifying sessions, all races always live and without commercial breaks. Sky also broadcasts the Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup races. The program also includes historical races and special programs. You can find more information here

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