A news report from German publication Bild claims Sir Frank Williams wants his team to be chosen to partner the Volkswagen Group should it make its expected entry into Formula One. Rumours of Volkswagen’s entry in Formula One have been around for some time now, with brand ambassador Hans Joachim-Stuck saying it is natural that VW is thinking of Formula One.
Speaking to Bild, Williams said, “We are stronger with a manufacturer than as a private team. No question.”
It’s approaching six year since Williams F1 last won a race, and that was when they were supported by the BMW factory. Subsequent terms with Toyota and Cosworth customer engines have not brought success. Williams enjoyed periods of domination F1 during the 1980s and 90s thanks to strong support from Honda and Renault.
Volkswagen motorsport bosses are understood to be very interested in Formula One, although they would like to see costs reduced further before making that very big step.