Saturday 28th November 2009

Volkswagen could make an appearance in Formula One in 2012, not as a manufacturer outfit but rather an engine supplier.

The 2012 Championship will see new engine regulations being introduced to the sport and depending on what direction these go, Volkswagen's Hans-Joachim Stuck admits the German carmaker could be interested.

Stuck, however, ruled out the possibility of Volkswagen buying a Formula One team as they were rumoured to be considering several years ago.

"If you're the world's largest manufacturer is natural that we're thinking about (Formula 1), but not before 2012," he told Autosport.

"We're looking for innovative things, and Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsport. Two years ago there was some talk that Volkswagen is going to buy the Red Bull F1 team, which we didn't need to buy. Why should we stick with one team if we can give our engines to more teams?

"If you buy Red Bull and Adrian Newey wants to go flying or fishing, the team is not successful any more.

"Look at BMW. They bought this multi-million dollar wind tunnel and a supercomputer and they now close the doors. Building an engine and providing it to a team is the best way."

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