Volkswagen and Qatar in talks for WRC future
Even though Volkswagen Motorsport informed in November that they were going to leave the World Rally Championship after the 2016 season, we might still see VW badged cars in 2017. The ex-WRC driver Nasser Al-Attiyah has confirmed that he is trying to make an agreement between Volkswagen Motorsport and a Qatar Holding company he has ties with and which owns 17 percent of the VW Group. Al-Attiyah has expressed many times he would like to race in the World Rally Championship with Volkswagen.
Tests with a world champion
These rumors of a possible turn around were fueled after Volkswagen performed a tests in Sweden with Marcus Grönholm, the Finnish two-time WRC champion. Volkswagen has confirmed that talks are being held to find out the possibilities of a VW car competing in WRC in 2017. Even if these talks go through and Volkswagen would loan a car for the Qatar Holding company, it shouldn’t affect the interesting drivers’ market as only one Volkswagen car is supposed to enter, driven by Nasser Al-Attiyah himself.