Porsche, 1961 McLaren TAG, 1984 Footwork Porsche, 1991

Could Porsche make an F1 comeback? Porsche’s previous stints in Formula 1 came as constructor in the 1960s (left), an engine supplier to McLaren in the 1980s (centre), and a disastrous stint with Footwork in 1991.
[Original images via All F1 Info,
AUTOSPORT and The Cahier Archive]

A fascinating rumour emerging from the Paris Motor Show is that Porsche could soon return to the Formula 1 grid.

Rumours have been rampant for much of 2010 that its parent company, Volkswagen, was keen to enter the sport when the engine regulations unfreeze in 2013, and it was suggested that the marque would operate under either the Audi or Lamborghini brands.

But Porsche’s new chief Matthias Mueller has sparked the latest rumours that Porsche could join the F1 grid, when asked if it made sense for Audi and Porsche to compete in the same categories of motor racing.

“It makes better sense for one of the brands to go into LMP1, and the other brand into Formula One,” he said.

Contrastingly, Audi’s motorsport boss Wolfgang Ullrich said in June that F1 and Audi “do not fit”.

Porsche has had several stints in F1 – most successfully as a sole constructor in the 1960s and as an engine supplier to McLaren in the 1980s (where its motors were branded TAGs) – with its last outing being a disastrous tie-up with Footwork in 1991 that was shelved after just half the season.

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