Sep.21 - Formula 1 is fending off the existential challenge posed by all-electric motorsport, according to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.

After losing works Honda support beyond this year, Red Bull is becoming its own engine supplier amid rumours it may tie up with Volkswagen.

"Whatever engine we have in 2025-2026 it has to sound good and entertain because Formula 1 is a show," Horner told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

He says it's a poignant moment that Porsche and Audi are eyeing Formula 1 at the very same time as prominent carmakers are busily departing Formula E.

"Electric racing has not broken through," Horner insisted.

"Formula 1, on the other hand, must maintain a clear purpose.

"It's good that other large companies are interested in entering F1," he added. "It means this category is still attractive.

"We're seeing the opposite phenomenon in Formula 1 with many leaving."

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18 F1 Fan comments on “VW eyeing to enter F1 is good sign for future

  1. Wael

    Porsche/Audi have been trying to enter F1 for years and its the same story over and over again. Due to the high barriers of entry to F1, - the $200 million fee new constructors must pay to the existing teams, and the current economic model that the sport adopts to chase politics - has deterred any potential VW entry.

  2. shroppyfly

    I read somewhere that 500 million people watch f1 worldwide, thats the marketing draw i suppose, i doubt VW will be forced to pay the 200M , f1 cant afford not to have them there, so id say itll be quietly hushed up VW Group---, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, , Volkswagen , Endless marketing opportunities there

    • ReallyOldRacer

      Shrop', first that isn't 500m unique visitors. You and I are each counted probably 20-25 times. Second, market what? "Gee, look we can build a cool race car with an unmarketable fancy sewing machine motor called a PU. Come buy a Polo from us." Ask Honda about the ROI on F1. IMO, Fe is more marketable and they are bailing from that like it's a leaky rowboat. I've been wrong before. We'll see.

      • shroppyfly

        Wasnt it Enzo that said he was only in f1 to sell road cars though , and i remember renault road cars in the nineties having from new a f1 world champion sticker on the trunk window , so, who knows.............. i take on board what you say but obv marketing wise Merc think f1 is worth it, with the world of cars going electric , vw mayb think they cant afford not to be in f1, but your right well see .

        • ReallyOldRacer

          Re Enzo: just the opposite, he said that he sold road cars so that he could fund the racing. The crotchety old fart gave us some of the best lines ever. BTW, different string. Yes, if Bernie comes back he will make Ron director of racing. That would put an end to the bitchers and whiners. "You don't like it? Go race bicycles."


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