Volkswagen motorsport director Kris Nissen believes the sport is “very attractive” for car manufacturers but said his company would not decide on any future participation in the sport until the future engine formula was decided.
Speaking at the Nurburgring 24 Hours Nissen said:
All I can say at the moment is that nobody is aware of the new regulations for Formula One engines. Until that is clear I think nobody, including Volkswagen, can do any comments on their interest. First we need from the FIA to know exactly the regulations from 2013 or 2014 and we also need Formula One to recover a bit.
Formula One has been, I would say, in a crisis. It has been very expensive, manufacturers have been pulling out and a lot of political discussions and stories. Which I think, personally, is really a shame because I think Formula One is number one in motorsport. Formula one is very attractive for everybody.
Volkswagen have never competed in F1. They currently have teams in the Dakar Rally, with sponsorship from Red Bull, and recently returned to Formula Three as an engine supplier.
Porsche, which is in the process of merging with Volkswagen, has participated in F1 and won races as a constructor and engine supplier.
The FIA has consulted several car manufacturers, including those not currently involved in F1, on future engine specifications for Formula 1 and other FIA championships.
A move towards smaller-capacity turbocharged engines, which would reflect trends in road car vehicle production, is widely expected for 2013.
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