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    Just a thought but with Volkswagen pulling out of the WRC and Audi retiring from WEC - I wonder if this is a precursor to pool all resources into a Formula 1 entry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigE View Post
    Just a thought but with Volkswagen pulling out of the WRC and Audi retiring from WEC - I wonder if this is a precursor to pool all resources into a Formula 1 entry?
    I think they may struggle with Fuel Consumption!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeadman View Post
    I think they may struggle with Fuel Consumption!!

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    And the emissions.

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    They have software for that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigE View Post
    They have software for that!
    So did VW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigE View Post
    Just a thought but with Volkswagen pulling out of the WRC and Audi retiring from WEC - I wonder if this is a precursor to pool all resources into a Formula 1 entry?
    The emissions scandal has hit VAG massively, they've pulled out of nearly all motorsports completely, stopped production of some new models and scrapped some entirely. I doubt they would even entertain F1 in the near future at all.
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    Their fine is a blip in the ocean Ian.
    VAG group spend more than any other car manufacturer in the world on R&D every year, some $40billion I think I read. If they get fined $13billion (I'm sure I read that also) by the disgruntled types then all they need to do is cut back in R&D/Sports for a year then come back quite strong. I guarantee the burden will be moved to shareholders etc quite easily. I'm sure they are limbering up for an F1 return, and my bet is with Audi and as an engine provider to Red Bull and maybe as Lamborghini to Toro Rosso

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    VAG are in deeper Kack than you may imagine they are no longer going to sell diesel products in the USA ( pop 330mill) with 2 cars per family . It was a HUGE market for dirty oilers & one that VW wanted to crack . Not that the Americans were in love with diesels in the first place , this has kocked the confidence in VAG petrol products also. In a land where the biggest selling family car is a BIG pick up truck RAM. Chevy. Ford & assorted Jap . Golfs & Passats are mere novelties . Unless you sell BIG Pick ups or BIG SUV's forget it .. Trumps " America first " will kick in & Americans will start buying domestics again . Mexican , Brazilian & Canadian factories wil shut & return to a streamlined Detroit style scenario, with the lions share on hybrid /, electric transport. In 10 yrs the European market will be dominated by Chinese products .AS an aside Ford sell 600.000 F model P/ups a year & the Americans buy just over 2 million annually ( Scrap yards must be full of them )
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    VW are planning to cut 30,000 jobs. "Wasting" money on motorsports does not go down well in such negative atmospheres. I doubt you will see VW and Audi back in top-line motorsports for quite some time now. Look how long it has taken since selling PAG for Ford to start spending on racing again and they did not have the same level of problems as VW?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neilr View Post
    VW are planning to cut 30,000 jobs. "Wasting" money on motorsports does not go down well in such negative atmospheres. I doubt you will see VW and Audi back in top-line motorsports for quite some time now. Look how long it has taken since selling PAG for Ford to start spending on racing again and they did not have the same level of problems as VW?
    I must admit though not a great Motorsport Fan I totally agree with your thoughts regarding VW,it would be a Public Relations
    Disaster in the present climate.

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