Volkswagen will send Audi representative to the upcoming meeting organized by the FIA where the future F1 engine rules will be discussed, which highlights their interest in the competition at the highest level of motorsport.
The meeting will be held on Friday in Paris where the FIA will discuss the concept of the engine to be used in Formula 1 from 2014 since it was agreed that the current formula, which has been in force since 2014, will be in charge by the end of 2020 .
Volkswagen withdrew from the WRC at the end of last year after four consecutive titles and Audi withdrew from the WEC series where they Volkswagen still compete with their other brand Porsche.
German portal Spox.com says that Audi will have its representative at the Friday meeting, which aims to debate the new concept of the engine which should reduce the current excessive costs that fend off new manufacturers.
“The aim of the Paris meeting is to hear the opinion of the manufacturers on how motorsport should develop in the future,” said Toto Wolff.
Manufacturers who are not currently present in Formula 1 will also be discussed, such as Audi and some Japanese manufacturers.
“The next F1 engine should be cheaper, but I do not have a high opinion of the technical details such as the number of cylinders. But the current F1 is too expensive,” says McLaren CEO Zak Brown.
“Look at the IndyCar Series, the cost of engines for the entire season is 1.2 million [in F1 cost is ten times larger for engine clients, not counting huge development costs].”
“I’m not sure that more expensive engines will offer better spectacle for the fans so I’m looking at the issue primarily from a commercial point of view: Let’s cut costs!”
FIA president Jean Todt has earlier ruled out the possibility that Formula 1 could return to spectacularly loud V10 or V12 engines, but also condemned the excessive costs of today’s power units.
“Definitely. The current generation of power units are a great engineering achievement, but are too expensive and too complicated.”