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Porsche considering F1 return

Porsche are considering a return to Formula One from 2021 as an engine supplier.

The German marquee, which recently announced it was leaving WEC at the end of this season and joining Formula E for 2019/2020, has been at recent meetings to discuss the next raft of technical changes, expected to take effect in 2021.

Lutz Meschke, deputy chairman of Porsche’s executive board and member of the board for finances and IT, met with Ross Brawn and other F1 chiefs at the Italian Grand Prix.

It is reported that the company has been impressed with the recent push by F1 rule makes towards cheaper and also greener technology.

“F1 could be one of the right places,” Meschke said.

“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.”

Porsche has been on the F1 grid before. Back in the 1980s under TAG branding McLaren successfully ran Porsche turbo engines between 1983-1987 seasons before moving to Honda. The last time Porsche was on the grid was 1991 with what was a disastrous time with Footwork with the V12 being too bulky and down on power.

Already many are discussing potential partners with Williams and Red Bull being mentioned. Williams have had a technical relationship with the German company before when selling its hybrid division to them while Red Bull has connection to Volkswagen, Porsche’s parent company.

A reunion with McLaren is thought to be less likely with both companies now rivals in the road car division.

Sean Bratches, F1’s commercial chief for Liberty Media, says that they are very open to the possibility of Porsche joining the grid.

“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,” Bratches said.

“The inclusion of Porsche, which is a heritage racing brand in our sport, would be highly valued.”

Andrew Campbell
Photo Credit: porsche.com

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