Nov 17, 2021 Former Mercedes vice-president Norbert Haug says entries from Audi and Porsche would be “wonderful” for Formula 1. It has been strongly rumoured for a while now that one or both of the German. Porsche will have a full-time representative in the DTM next year, with ADAC GT Masters squad SSR Performance committing to a two-car entry after its Nurburgring one-off outing. The Munich-based.
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- Porsche’s vice president of motorsport, Thomas Laudenbach, has said it is “no secret” that the German automotive company is “seriously considering” a Formula 1 entry for 2025/26. It is believed two Volkswagen Group brands could get involved in F1 in the near future, with Porsche and Audi the most likely candidates.
Former Mercedes vice-president Norbert Haug shares his honest take amid the rumors of a possible Audi or Porsche F1 entry.
Despite the presence of massive car manufacturers as teams in F1, talks of both these German brands owned by Volkswagen joining the paddock have emerged recently. Haug, who is an experienced F1 executive, gives an optimistic comment on this possibility.
Via Planet F1
“That would be wonderful for everyone interested in Formula 1,” he told Sky Deutschland.
“It just underlines how right and important it was that we at Mercedes did this with our own team more than 10 years ago under much more favourable financial conditions at the time and have been doing well ever since – even if it doesn’t work out with the eighth title win in a row in 2021.”
In the past, it was proven that a massive car brand and manufacturer spearheading a team does not automatically merit success within F1, as seen in BMW, Lamborghini, and Jaguar’s failure in the sport.
This comment by Haug can be a surprise to some fans because profitable brands such as Audi and Porsche can possibly yield as Mercedes’ threat to their success. Nevertheless, he believes that these brands can be of service to the sport and F1 as a whole.
But as of now, what plagues the sport this decade would be Mercedes’ and Lewis Hamilton’s sheer dominance in F1.