Porsche has confirmed it is interested in returning to F1 as an engine supplier after meeting the sport’s bosses in Monza.
The German manufacturer has recently announced it will leave WEC after deciding it is not getting back enough to continue, and despite having committed to Formula E it has still been sending representatives to recent 2021 F1 engine meetings.
Porsche’s deputy chairman Lutz Meschke met with Ross Brawn and others at the Italian GP weekend. Telling Motorsport.com:
“F1 could be one of the right places,”As you know Formula E is very important for us now, and F1 is always a good topic to think about. And I think we are in quite good discussions regarding the new engine.”
“As you know Formula E is very important for us now, and F1 is always a good topic to think about. And I think we are in quite good discussions regarding the new engine.”
Whether the suggested less technological V6 engines would be appealing to Porsche he said:
“Absolutely. We have to cut costs in F1, and it’s a good way to reach this target.”
“discussions are around being a supplier,” as such a works team is not yet on the cards.
Ross Brawn also said Libert would like to have Porsche in F1 come 2021.
“Ultimately we’re trying to create a platform and environment where more engine manufacturers and brands and teams come into this sport and make it a compelling business proposition to do so,” he said.
“As the individual who kind of runs marketing and branding at F1 the inclusion of Porsche, which is a heritage racing brand in our sport, would be highly valued.”