VW to attend F1 engine meeting

Date published: March 30 2017 - Editor

Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali will represent Volkswagen when Formula 1’s engine bosses meet in Paris on Friday to discuss 2021 regulations.

Although Volkswagen have often refuted any suggestion of them entering Formula 1, the marques will be present in Paris with VW sending new Lamborghini boss Domenicali, the former team boss at Ferrari, to Friday’s meeting.

Domenicali will join the FIA as well as Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault and Honda at the meeting.

However, Motorsport-Total.com is quick to point out that this is “not necessarily about a possible entry in 2021.”

Early last year VW denied plans to enter the sport, stating that F1 is “not on our agenda right now.”

Motorsport boss Wolfgang Durheimer added to Autocar: “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 you must see five years of rules stability – there can’t be the possibility of rules changes, of more or less engine cylinders coming in, or the hybrid system changing away from technology you are developing on road cars.”

But with Formula 1 now under new ownership after American media conglomerate, Liberty Media, took over earlier this year, VW may yet be enticed to enter.