Qualifying overhaul for this season delayed Volkswagen rules out entering Formula 1 at the moment due to rules and ownership uncertainties
Volkswagen Group has ruled entering F1 at the current time, citing concerns over its unpredictable regulations.
For year there have been rumours the manufacturer would be entering F1 but it insists a campaign is not on the horizon.
Volkswagen’s motorsport boss Wolfgang Durheimer said: “Formula 1 is not on our agenda right now. The situation is not predictable enough to make the kind of investment required.
“On the regulations front there are a lot of rumours around the engine side and the supporting technology side.
“Before you commit the kind of money needed [to compete in F1] you must see five years slowest driver will be removed and each 90 seconds the next slowest will be knocked out.
The final 14- minute session will feature eight drivers, with the slowest eliminated after five minutes. This will continue at 90- second intervals until there is a final shootout for pole featuring two drivers in the last 90 seconds.
The move is aimed at improving the show for fans, but it has led to a mixed reaction among drivers.
“I read them very briefly and I didn’t understand them,” said Carlos Sainz Jr. “I just hope fans that are not big fans of F1 and just turn on their TV understand it.”
F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone had tabled an alternative format, featuring time penalties for drivers who have achieved poles and race wins, but claimed teams vetoed it.