Porsche denies preparing for F1 foray

Alain Prost, McLaren MP4/2B TAG Porsche V6
Alain Prost, McLaren MP4/2B TAG Porsche V6

Porsche has denied rumours it is preparing to enter formula one.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reported this week that while the VW brand is open about its Le Mans return plans, sports cars may merely be "a warm-up" for F1.

The magazine said Porsche is busily signing up personnel with F1 experience, including Fritz Enzinger, Alex Hitzinger, Mike Krack and recent Sauber engineer Urs Kuratle.

The well-known road car brand is also establishing its Weissach facility as a state of the art motor sport factory complete with wind tunnel, while the marque's drivers are reportedly having hours booked in the industry-leading McLaren simulator.

But Porsche motor sport spokesman Oliver Hilger said on Wednesday: "This is pure speculation. We have no ambitions for formula one.

"Our intention is to do Le Mans and the world sports car championship; nothing has changed," he told SID news agency.

Hilger also said nothing should be read into the fact that it has recently signed up staff with F1 experience.

"For our sporting ambitions we need new staff from the top of motor sport. And if you need good people, of course you have to look around also in formula one," he insisted.

Published Oct 17th, 2012 2:39pm
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HuaWeiChan HuaWeiChan
Porsche should hire Vettel when they return to F1.
Oct 18th, 2012 5:52am
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Porsche3054 Porsche3054
Na they should take Micheal back out of retirement ;)
Oct 18th, 2012 6:28am
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kimbo kimbo
they just to come back to Le mans and they are hiring best guys in the business. And where do you go looking for engineers when you want the best guys in bussiness? of course you go to the F1 paddock.
Oct 17th, 2012 6:39pm
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Porsche3054 Porsche3054
The Volkswagen group is large enough and profitable enough that they should defiantly support an entrance into F1 with one of the sub-companies, Porsche being the obvious choice.
Oct 17th, 2012 5:05pm
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Ncsiebert Ncsiebert
Actually you miss out what Porsche motor sport spokesman said "For our sporting ambitions we need new staff from the top of motor sport. And if you need good people..." Getting amount of f1 experts for the teamwork is difficult.
Oct 17th, 2012 5:20pm
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yiotis82 yiotis82
they will just wait for Racing team to go on sale
Oct 17th, 2012 6:21pm
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Madness Madness
Porsche may be the obvious choice, but wouldn't it make it that bit more entertaining if VW entered under the name of Scania?
Oct 17th, 2012 6:51pm
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edd_lg edd_lg
Scania or MAN :) Porsche should stay out of F1, at least until Bernie dies.
Oct 17th, 2012 7:32pm
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Such rumor just doesn't pop-up out of nowhere...
Oct 17th, 2012 5:03pm
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