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Formula 1

Porsche set three conditions for a return to Formula 1

Porsche have outlined some key conditions they need to ensure are in place before committing to a return to Formula 1.

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Porsche have outlined conditions they state must be in place before they'd finalise a return to Formula 1, as rumours regarding the German marque's interest in F1 continue to swirl.

Ahead of the new engine formula being introduced in 2026, Audi and Porsche's names have been linked with joining F1, and Porsche Sporting Director Thomas Laudenbach has explained that Porsche may no longer be able to resist.

"The value of Formula 1 in terms of marketing and PR is undisputed," Laudenbach is quoted by Germany's RTL ahead of the World Endurance Championship finale this weekend in Bahrain.

Laudenbach said the topic is being looked at "seriously", but that no decision has been made one way or the other.

As Formula 1 continues to plot out its own future and regulations, Laudenbach said the direction it's going is making things easier for Porsche to commit.

Porsche were last involved in F1 in 1991, as an engine supplier for Footwork. Prior to that, their greatest success in F1 came as engine supplier to McLaren in the '80s, which were branded as TAG/Porsche up until 1987, winning 24 races between 1984 and '87, as well as two Constructors' Championships in '84 and '85.

Porsche's conditions

There are three key areas that Porsche want clarity on before they'd put pen to paper, with Laudenbach outlining them.

"Motorsport must remain relevant for series production, so electrification must be emphasised more, also in Formula 1," said Laudenbach.

The introduction of a budget cap in Formula 1 this season is also seen as a positive by Porsche, but they are keen for this to apply to the drivers as well.

Lastly, Porsche want to be part of a competitive Formula 1 field. Given that there are only two teams currently fighting for the World Championship, Porsche are pushing for regulations that will allow more outfits to join in the fight at the front.

Laudenbach added: "Entry only makes sense if there is a change in the regulations that means that all competitors can start on the same basis."

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