Volkswagen rejects F1 (again) in favour of WRC

Volkswagen Polo R WRC

Incoming Volkswagen Motorsport boss Jost Capito has quickly earned his stripes by becoming the latest VW executive to declare the company has no interest in Formula One. Instead, the German giant will focus its attention on its Polo R WRC program, due to start competing in 2013.

Even a radical change to F1’s regulations in 2014, when cars will be powered by 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 engines, are not enough to attract Volkswagen into the sport.

Speaking to Autosport Capito emphatically denied Volkswagen had any interest in F1, ruling out an engine supplier role by saying: “Definitely not. At the moment we don’t even think about it because we’re thinking WRC.

“I’ve got my hands full with the WRC right now and we have to focus on that. This is the very much the main motorsport programme for us and the board is watching it very closely. I think that’s what we have to deliver.”

[Source: Autosport]