Why are Audi and Porsche taking so long?

Why are Audi and Porsche taking so long?


It has been known for months that the VW Group wants to enter Formula 1 with the Audi and Porsche brands. Rumors about the final confirmation of the Formula 1 entry are repeated again and again. Latest official status: VW’s management board has decided that Audi and Porsche are allowed – if they want. That’s the real problem: the final decisions of the two brands depend on the regulations, which Formula 1 has been going around in circles for months.

Few in the paddock believe that the manufacturers involved are now deliberately dragging out discussions about new engine regulations to make it as difficult as possible for Audi in particular to start. “We don’t want to delay these new rules, they have to be fixed,” said Mercedes boss Toto Wolff. Ferrari team-mate Mattia Binotto’s patience also seemed to run out: “Why is it taking so long? It takes time to prepare good things and we’re not done yet. And it’s not just us manufacturers, it’s the FIA ​​too, because he’s leading the discussion.”

The absence of the MGU-H agreement is already serious for VW

The bosses of the two top teams, who recently clashed over the possibility of cheating a subordinate, showed unity on the topic of VW. They strongly insisted on special concessions for the German group. “I think we did everything we could and adjusted to make sure they were happy. We removed the MGU-H and we did it to help them start in F1. Believe me, removing the MGU-H is not exactly the best decision for us,” Binotto said. His Austrian colleague wholeheartedly agreed: “We gave them MGU-H, that was a big deal for foreigners.”

The Mercedes boss went so far as to accuse the VW brands of a lack of willingness to compromise and a lack of responsibility: “We were told that we would finish [letzten, Anm. d. Red.] year they will have proof of their entry. To date, this confirmation has not been provided to us. I don’t know why. It’s an environment where the rules will change all the time, so you can’t make it depend on the rules. We can expect that from them, also because we have made great strides towards them.”

VW welcomes them according to Binotto and Wolff, but Ball is up to them

Mattia Binotto also wants to see action now. “For Audi and Porsche, the rules are not yet complete. There are still open points and they have to be addressed, discussed and decided,” the Italian claimed from the German group. Toto Wolff could only agree: “Let’s take these final steps and rules, these are just irrelevant details.”

VW has already promised that the heat recovery system will disappear from the engine -, Photo: Renault Sport F1/adrivo
VW has already promised that the heat recovery system will disappear from the engine -, Photo: Renault Sport F1/adrivo

Despite being upset by the delay, Ferrari and Mercedes are in principle backing the Volkswagen Group to enter Formula 1. “We are very hopeful that Audi and Porsche will enter Formula 1. That is good for Formula 1 as many manufacturers are doing and it is good to have. The Volkswagen Group within our business and within the Formula 1 World Championship,” Binotto explained.

For Toto Wolff, the ball is now in the applicants’ court: “We have been discussing the guests up and down for more than 50 hours, but finally we would like to have them on the show. They have been sitting at the negotiating table for new rules for a long time now, but they have not committed.”