As our exclusive interview with Volkswagen’s motorsport representative Hans- Joachim Stuck revealed, the German car giant has confirmed its interest in joining F1 if the proposed rules regarding a global engine design come into play.
"It is clear that we are looking at formula one," he is quoted as saying by Sport Bild magazine.
"We are waiting for the FIA’s decision in respect of the use of a world engine for formula one. If there is [a global engine] we will discuss whether to build it for Formula One."
Stuck ruled out VW’s involvement as a stand-alone constructor in F1 – like Mercedes GP – but reiterated that it would consider getting involved as an engine partner.
Recent speculation regarding tweaks to the engine rules – as distinct from the global engine concept, which the FIA is keen to launch across a range of motorsport categories – centre around the introduction of KERS-equipped 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder powerplants.
It is understood that the F1 teams are barely lukewarm on the concept of a standardised engine design.