Welcome at RN365

You are logged in. Benefit directly from all the benefits of your account:

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits

Welcome at RN365

Become part of the largest racing community in the United Kingdom. Create your free account now!

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits
fri 26 mar - sun 28 mar
  • 1 HAM LAP 56
  • 2 VER + 0.745
  • 3 BOT + 37.383
ita
fri 16 apr - sun 18 apr
  • 1 VER LAP 63
  • 2 HAM + 22.000
  • 3 NOR + 23.702
bhr
por
fri 30 apr - sun 02 may
Quali sat 01 may
Race sun 02 may
ita
esp
fri 07 may - sun 09 may
Quali sat 08 may
Race sun 09 may
por
mco
thu 20 may - sun 23 may
Quali sat 22 may
Race sun 23 may
esp
aze
fri 04 jun - sun 06 jun
Quali sat 05 jun
Race sun 06 jun
mco
can
fri 11 jun - sun 13 jun
Quali sat 12 jun
Race sun 13 jun
aze
fra
fri 25 jun - sun 27 jun
Quali sat 26 jun
Race sun 27 jun
can
aut
fri 02 jul - sun 04 jul
Quali sat 03 jul
Race sun 04 jul
fra
gbr
fri 16 jul - sun 18 jul
Quali sat 17 jul
Race sun 18 jul
aut
hun
fri 30 jul - sun 01 aug
Quali sat 31 jul
Race sun 01 aug
gbr
bel
fri 27 aug - sun 29 aug
Quali sat 28 aug
Race sun 29 aug
hun
nld
fri 03 sep - sun 05 sep
Quali sat 04 sep
Race sun 05 sep
bel
ita
fri 10 sep - sun 12 sep
Quali sat 11 sep
Race sun 12 sep
nld
rus
fri 24 sep - sun 26 sep
Quali sat 25 sep
Race sun 26 sep
ita
sgp
fri 01 oct - sun 03 oct
Quali sat 02 oct
Race sun 03 oct
rus
jpn
fri 08 oct - sun 10 oct
Quali sat 09 oct
Race sun 10 oct
sgp
usa
fri 22 oct - sun 24 oct
Quali sat 23 oct
Race sun 24 oct
jpn
mex
fri 29 oct - sun 31 oct
Quali sat 30 oct
Race sun 31 oct
usa
bra
fri 05 nov - sun 07 nov
Quali sat 06 nov
Race sun 07 nov
mex
aus
fri 19 nov - sun 21 nov
Quali sat 20 nov
Race sun 21 nov
bra
sau
fri 03 dec - sun 05 dec
Quali sat 04 dec
Race sun 05 dec
aus
are
fri 10 dec - sun 12 dec
Quali sat 11 dec
Race sun 12 dec
sau
Start Portuguese GP
Days
Hour
Min.
Sec.
Formula 1

Could we see Audi and Porsche on a Formula 1 grid?

Formula 1 teams recently agreed to freeze the development of engines, meaning outfits can use the same power unit from 2022 to 2024. However the hope is that CO2-emission-free engines will be used in 2030, which will attract the attention of Audi and Porsche.

Article
To news overview © Sean Bull Design

Starting in 2025 it's likely that Formula 1 will switch to new engines, a second-generation of the turbo-hybrid that is currently used, as the series takes steps towards fully climate-neutral engines in 2030. That news will make Formula 1 a more appealing option to Audi and Porsche, both of which belong to the Volkswagen group. It's also why one of the two candidates could finally make their way onto the grid of motorsport's premier class.

Porsche have been developing an emission-free fuel for quite some time and this development could prove useful for Formula 1 starting in 2025. The emission-free fuel also ensures that road cars can continue to drive using their current engines. In fact, people could already be filling up their tanks as soon as tomorrow, though the costs currently associated with the fuel developed by Porsche are too high for everyday use.

However, if the fuel were to be used in the world of motorsport it would give the development of the product an added boost as Formula 1 has played a key role in developing the fuel used in every day cars in the past. That makes F1's plans to start racing with (almost) CO2-emission-free engines from starting in 2025 an interesting option for Porsche.

Thus investing in a Formula 1 project could be justified from both a marketing and development standpoint, especially for the likes of Audi, who has shown interest in the past. However, RacingNews365.com has learned that the German manufacturer pulled the plug on a Formula 1 project once it became known that the Volkswagen group were involved in Dieselgate.

Audi's plans were discussed when Stefano Domenicali was the vice president of New Business Initiatives at the German outfit. The Italian went on to become SEO of Lamborghini before succeeding Chase Carey as Formula 1's CEO for the 2021 season. A project would no doubt add value to the championship and, above all, show that F1 is still the showpiece of motorsport.

In a recent interview with RacingNews365.com, among others, Domenicali announced that the entry fee for teams looking to enter Formula 1 could be negotiated. This means that a team/car manufacturer wouldn't have to automatically pay the $200 million needed to compete in F1. That, and new rules regarding engines in 2025, means that Porsche and Audi could consider a Formula 1 project in the coming months.

After that, one would have to decide whether to set up a team on their own or whether to join a constructor, as is the case with Sauber. The team is currently known as Alfa Romeo, but there is a Ferrari engine in the car. A similar structure could be set up with Audi, where a team is created or bought and races under the Audi name, but with a Porsche engine.

The FIA is doing all that it can to have a CO2-emission-free engine as quickly as possible. In December 2020, for example, all F1 engine suppliers were provided with climate-neutral fuel. The engine suppliers can use the fuel to conduct tests with their F1 engines, and from there they can start developing a CO2-emission-free fuel that can be used in an F1 engine. Starting in 2021, other race class that fall under the FIA flag will also have an opportunity to test with CO2-free fuel.

0 comments

    x