After the recent comments of Herbert Diess on Formula 1 championship, the president of the FIA would have no problem seeing Volkswagen arrive in the Formula 1 championship.
The President of the FIA, Jean Todt, would be very happy to welcome in F1 the Volkswagen group, whose Chairman of the Board of Directors, Herbert Diess, recently declared that the Formula 1 championship of motor sport could become “interesting” in the case of the use of synthetic fuels.
The Volkswagen Group is currently present in Formula E with two of its brands such as Audi and Porsche, but has never before considered entering Formula 1.
After the Dieselgate scandal – an industrial and health scandal linked to the Volkswagen Group’s use, from 2009 to 2015, of various techniques aimed at fraudulently reducing the polluting emissions of some of its diesel and petrol engines during homologation tests – the German brand has had to rebuild its “cleaner” image by entering Audi and Porsche in the FIA all-electric championship.
But recently, Herbert Diess, chairman of Volkswagen’s board of directors, made a shocking statement:
“Formula 1 will become CO2 neutral by using synthetic fuels,
“It’s much more exciting and fun with more competition and better technology than Formula E, which only does a few laps around the city centre as if it were a game. ”
Jean Todt, President of the FIA, reacted to Diess’ recent comments and the Frenchman assures that he would be very happy to welcome the Volkswagen group in F1.
“I’ve heard about these statements, but I haven’t heard them from Mr Diess. ” Todt explains to AMUS.
“Therefore, I want to be careful with my comments, because I don’t know if he really said it with the intention of entering Formula One.
“If he did, I can only say that I welcome him to Formula One.”
There are currently ten teams on the Formula 1 championship grid, but the FIA president has never made any secret of the fact that he wants at least two more teams in the Formula 1 championship.
It’s been a year since VW CoB Herbert Diess said on LinkedIn, (as highlighted in this article at the time) “In my personal view, would be better to go ahead with motor racing : F1 becoming CO2 neutral using synthetic fuels is much more excitement,fun,racing experience,tech-competition than Formula E driving a few laps in city centers in gaming mode.” Now with former VW man Jost Capito at Williams, Audi man Alan McNish recently in the paddocks, and Porsche man Fritz Enzinger on a VIP pass at the Styrian GP in June, the VAG (VW Audi Group) are people to watch re becoming a desperately needed additional F1 engine supplier.