A factory engine ‘appealing to any team’

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Jost Capito has again expressed a cautious interest in Williams potentially teaming up with Volkswagen if, as expected, they enter F1.

A Volkswagen Group brand, which at this point seems more likely to be Audi than Porsche, is expected to arrive in Formula 1 when the next generation of engines roll out for 2026.

Williams’ CEO and team principal recently said his team would be “happy to talk” if Volkswagen entered F1, which is not surprising given the German’s ties to the company.

The 63-year-old joined VW as head of its World Rally Championship program in 2012 and achieved a hat-trick of driver and manufacturer titles with Sebastian Ogier.

He also brought a selection of his former colleagues with him to Williams, including their technical director FX Demaison.

Although they are embarking on an increased technical affiliation with Mercedes this year which is expected to last until 2025, Williams, via Capito’s latest interview, has once again indicated that they will be open to discussions with a new partner. .

From VW’s perspective, however, they would potentially want to join forces with a team higher on the grid, even as Williams has moved from 10th place in the Manufacturers’ Championship, where they had finished the previous three seasons, to eighth. place in 2021.

Capito said it is “attractive for any team to get a factory engine – if there are any opportunities for talks, of course, talks will take place” when asked about VW at the time. from a video interview with formel1.de and quoted by Motorsport-total.com.

Adding that he is “happy with the partnership with Mercedes”, Capito tried to play down any speculation by saying he felt VW had “not yet officially said goodbye to Formula 1” and that “so much that there will be no decision board at VW to enter Formula 1, I don’t think it makes sense to have discussions ”.

The motorsport-total.com report also refers to a letter that was recently reported in various media as having been sent by Audi to Jean Todt and Stefano Domenicali, who said the company was “close to the finish line “in terms of confirming their entry into F1.

This would be because the FIA ​​has revealed its main pillars for the 2026 engines and there would have been no red flags that would deter them from moving forward, with a big plus point for VW being the removal of the MGU-H component.

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