More weight has been given to the rumours that Volkswagen-owned Porsche could consider a return to F1 competition when the new engine rules kick in from 2013, but this time, the marque could go enter as a fully-fledged constructor.
Preceding its McLaren engine supply stint in the mid-eighties and its disastrous partnership with Footwork in 1991, Porsche contested 31 Grands Prix as a constructor between 1958 and 1964, achieving one win at the 1958 Dutch Grand Prix.
In the wake of Porsche CEO Matthias Meuller sparking the rumours when he suggested that Porsche would consider F1 involvement, the outfit’s R&D director, Wolfgang Durheimer, has revealed that Porsche would want to be more heavily involved than it just being an engine supplier.
“If Porsche was to go to formula one, then it would only be with its own team, because you need complete control over all the competition-related factors, including the car and its technology,” he is quoted by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.
“Porsche is a very profitable company, we can afford that,” he added.
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