Porsche are “seriously considering” entering Formula 1 but as yet no decision has been made, says Porsche’s new motorsport boss Thomas Laudenbach.
With Formula 1 considering new engine regulations for the 2026 championship, Porsche, and its parent company Volkswagen, have been paying close attention to what could be on the cards.
So such so that F1’s current manufacturers, Mercedes, Ferrari, Honda and Renault, have all agreed to drop the MGU-H if it means Porsche or Audi, or both, join the circus.
The talks are still ongoing with Porsche yet to commit but newly appointed vice president of motorsport Laudenbach says is is “no secret” that they are interested.
He told the media: “If you look into the future and you look at what car manufacturers are announcing concerning the share of electric vehicles they want to sell in the future, I think it is very important that Formula 1 does a shift towards electrification.
“Yes, it is clear you can’t do such a format with a [fully] battery electric vehicle. We all know that.
“But there needs to be a much higher priority on the electric part of the powertrain. That is important.
“As an OEM, you want to show yourself in motorsport, it needs to be relevant to what happens on the road.
“From what I know now, the FIA made a huge step towards that direction. That’s going to help.”
He added: “It’s not a secret that we are thinking about [F1].
“It’s not a secret we are talking to the FIA and it’s not a secret that we are, let’s say, seriously considering it. But there is no decision made yet.
“From what I know, a lot of things are going to the right direction concerning Formula 1 – how important is the electrification or the electric part of the powertrain.
“We would like to see more standard parts in the engine, the freedom of electric parts.
“Yes, many of the factors that I mentioned from what we know, they might be coming true.”
“If you look at PR values, at fanbase, at advertising value, Formula 1 is extremely good compared to other series,” he continued.
“That’s no question about it. At the same time, you have to spend a lot of money.
“So I think another point is that cost control is in place.
“Probably the most important thing that I would say for a car manufacturer need to be fulfilled, that it really makes sense to enter.”
A decision could be made as early as this month with Porsche’s big bosses meeting in November.
Laudenbach said: “One thing is clear, if such a decision is made you can’t wait too long because if you want to race in 2025 you have to start at a certain time. That’s where we are.
“If somebody really thinks about entering this championship as a power unit manufacturer, you should always combine that with a major change in the rules so that everybody has to make step and you’re not the only one.”
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