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An F1 re­turn for Porsche is not as un­likely as it might first ap­pear. We’d even stick a bit of money on it

911 Porsche World - - News - STEVE BEN­NETT PORSCHEWORLD@CHPLTD.COM

Porsche back into F1? Af­ter the not so shock an­nounce­ment that it would be leav­ing the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship at the end of this sea­son, in favour of the For­mula E Cham­pi­onship, I guess it’s some­thing of a sur­prise that our favourite mar­que should be con­sid­er­ing an F1 re­turn in 2021. Scratch the sur­face, though, and ru­mours of a Porsche F1 re­turn, or a VW Group re­turn at least, have been cir­cu­lat­ing for a num­ber of years. This no smoke with­out fire the­ory is backed up by VAG’S place on the FIA’S Engine Strat­egy Group board, where it was in­flu­en­tial in the cur­rent V6 turbo hy­brid regs, and has been in­stru­men­tal in plot­ting a sim­pler V6 twin turbo, hy­brid engine for 2021.

Porsche’s last foray into F1 – with the Foot­work team in the early ’90s – was less than suc­cess­ful, but prior to that it dom­i­nated in the mid ’80s, sup­ply­ing twin turbo V6s to Mclaren and tak­ing three World Cham­pi­onships. Prior to that Porsche tasted more spo­radic F1 suc­cess in the ’50s and ’60s as a con­struc­tor.

So the his­tory is there and so is the hy­brid ex­pe­ri­ence, thanks to the hugely suc­cess­ful LMP1 919 cam­paign. If the regs are for­malised sooner rather than later, then Porsche will have a good run at pro­duc­ing a de­cent engine, too. And F1 is a bet­ter com­mer­cial bet than the WEC, so they would pre­sum­ably be in it for the long term, too. The ru­mour mill is even de­bat­ing whether Porsche will buy out the Red Bull team. Imag­ine that? Porsche and Adrian Newey build­ing cars in Mil­ton Keynes! Shame we’ve got to wait so long...

The ru­mour mill is de­bat­ing whether Porsche will buy Red Bull

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