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Formula 1 not relevant enough for Porsche

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Porsche revealed its decision not to recent return to Formula 1 because there is not enough relevance to its road car division.

Porsche’s head of R&D Wolfgang Hatz says Formula One was never a logical route for them to take.

Speaking to Autocar Hatz said the final decision not to submit an entry was a simple one because there is not enough crossover between Formula 1 and its road car development.

“We are a sportscar company,” he told Autocar.

“Porsche has always lived for the transfer of racing to production cars.

“For that reason it was clear two or three years ago we had to be back in high-level motorsport, and it was a choice between top-flight sportscars or Formula One.

“The final decision was the only logical one. F1 was an alternative, but the road relevance is not there.

“Also, there is a lot of publicity around politics and tyres, but not so much about the engines and chassis.

“The aero, too, is incredible, but so extreme that it cannot result in any development in our road car understanding.”


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