Porsche: F1 Not Attractive

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Porsche, VW, Audi have always been rumored to be coming to F1.It seems that when anyone at porsche/VW/Audi are interviewed, it inevitably comes up.  The ‘are you going to get into F1’ question that I am sure management is tired of answering.  In the past, VW has maintained their dominance in Le Mans and competitive nature in DTM is enough to sate their racing need.  But ultimately the press and fans alke know that in order to prove to the world that you are a real manufacturer of race cars, F1 is the pinnacle by which all are measuered.  so the question remains and VW have always avoided it the best they can.

“300 million euros a year – that is just burning money,” Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piech explained to German news magazine Stern

“And after the affair with Max Mosley and the women it would not be very savoury to get involved (in Formula One) now,” said Wolfgang Porsche

To those ends, Porsche was asked again this week about F1 and unlike the past answers, this time it has been attached to the Max Mosley Sex Scandal.  Interestingly, Porsche used the Mosley Sex Scandal as a basis that F1 does not look attractive to them now.  Many have said this is sour grapes and just being used as an excuse for their lack of desire to enter F1 but no matter the prime mover behind their statement; the cat is out of he bag and a precedent has been set.  Max’s interlude can be attached to keeping manufacturer’s from coming to the sport.  Whether you believe this is the real reason Porsche is staying out of F1 or not; they have said it is part of the reason and at some point you have to take that at face value.  Whether a ploy or truth, the Mosley scandal is still making waves, alive and well and damaging F1.

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Noddy93
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Noddy93

“and damaging F1.” no it’s not. until people stop watching the sport because of it your statement is simply an exageration of the truth. nobody has stopped watching because of this… because of the boring Schumi era? YES because of Hookergaaaaa….? NO I believe, yet don’t understand, that people are offended by Max and his private life I simply refuse to allow that the sport is damaged. The sport is larger than any one person and their actions and words. As I said in the forum, less than a year ago the sport was going to die because of a… Read more »

Negative Camber
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So by your line of thinking, Max’s actions can only be considered damaging to F1 if viewers stop watching? My position would be that there are myriad angles, revenue streams, incentives, kick-backs and investment that happen in F1 far from the fans or viewers view. sponsor money, FIA members, manufacturers and investors just to name a few. If F1 can’t keep a modicum of integrity, no one will want to be associated with it. I’m not, nor have I ever been, talking about fans not watching F1. I have always been asserting that Max has damaged the business of F1… Read more »

Frantic
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The idea of it damaging F1, put it this way, true or not it gave people an excuse, whether its a real one or not its there. And it will embarass the FIA and F1 each time a company uses it as an excuse.

Noddy93
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Noddy93

Yes, Max’s actions can only be considered damaging to F1 if viewers stop watching.

F1 is a commerical beast and the value of a commerical beast comes from viewership.

If this declines because of Max than it’s hurt F1, if it doesn’t Max’s escapades have not hurt the sport.

I still contend that this is an issue of false importance and until the actual numbers say otherwise I’ll choose to believe that I’m correct.

Negative Camber
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well ok then. But what if I want to choose you’re correct too? ;)

John Stone
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I guess my first thought is, was Porsche and VW, or Audi thinking of coming to F1? There has been a lot of talk for a long time about Porsche coming to F1, but Porsche’s stance has always been that there isn’t enough cross over between road cars and F1 to make it a testbed for future use in road cars. Plus, Porsche, and Audi are doing a bang up job in prototype, sports car racing, what do they need with the headaches and exorbitant costs of getting involved in F1. Thought that said, because the 3 companies(Porsche, Audi, and… Read more »

Noddy93
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Noddy93

Well NC… I’d say welcome to the light. Now let’s work on that Ferrari fetish you have…

Negative Camber
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LOL. Its all good will my friend. I actually like most of the teams.

onthepodium
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onthepodium

max’s sexual interlude has done, and will do, no harm to F1. none whatsoever. this is the greatest free publicity the sport could ever hope for. it’s making the american news for crying out loud. F1’s image has not been hurt, max’s has. what we’re seeing now is piling on. everyone wants a hand in bringing down max and no one wants to be seen as NOT calling for his demise. they want to make sure their corporate or public image takes the accepted moral high ground. that’s what porsche is doing. as noddy so accurately stated in one of… Read more »