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Porsche poised for F1 return as engine provider

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The German automobile manufacturer Porsche looks set to return to Formula 1 as an engine provider from 2021, when the Formula introduces brand-new and lower-cost engine regulations.

Porsche are leaving the LMP1 class of the WEC (World Endurance Championship) at the end of the season and will enter a factory team into Formula E from the 2019/20 season, but are utterly considering entering Formula 1 as an engine supplier as opposed to a full works team.

Speaking to Autosport at the weekend’s Italian GP, Lutz Meschke, deputy chairman of Porsche’s executive board, said F1 “could be one of the right places” for the brand.

“As you know, Formula E is very important for us now, and F1 is always a good topic to think about,” he said. “And I think we are in quite good discussions regarding the new engine.”

A alteration to simpler twin-turbo V6 engines is the ultimate objective, and that it is what it would take for Porsche to continue to be interested in Formula 1.

“Absolutely,” Meschke added. “We have to cut costs in F1, and it’s a good way to reach this target.”

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