Sergio Marchionne Reveals He Encouraged Volkswagen To Join Formula 1

If FCA CEO and Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne were to have things his way, the Formula One grid would be filled with the world’s leading automakers, creating a more attractive championship.

While recently speaking with Autosport, Marchionne revealed that he has encouraged both Volkswagen and General Motors to enter the world’s premiere open-wheeled racing championship.

“In spite of the problems Volkswagen is having, I have always encouraged the past managing director of Volkswagen to join F1. That such a large company was not in F1 was always very strange to me. I also encouraged General Motors, I always try to encourage all of them to join. That would be good for the sport, for them and for us”, he said.

For quite sometime however, there were reports the German automaker was considering entering the series as an engine supplier for Red Bull Racing. Of course, given Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal, there are slim to no chances for VW to enter F1 in the foreseeable future. .

Additionally, there was some talk that VW Group company Audi could enter Formula 1 after scaling back its endurance championship presence, but those reports also seem unlikely to materialize. Even Porsche has ruled out an F1 entrance – but that was expected, as it’s already fielding a large scale attack on the WEC.

Unless someone changes his mind, Mercedes-AMG, Ferrari, McLaren, Honda and Renault will probably remain the only automakers to compete. Hopefully, one or even more of them will be able to challenge Mercedes‘ dominance, making the sport less predictable and, thus, more interesting.


Russia’s Rolls Royce-Rivaling Aurus Opens First Showroom In Moscow

The new Russian luxury brand also aims to open a showroom in China as soon as 2020.

Sterckenn Gives The BMW M5 And M2 Some Subtle Visual Tweaks

A number of carbon fiber add-ons, such as a front splitter and rear diffuser, make the two M cars a little more aggressive.

Skoda Kamiq Subcompact SUV Could Be The Segment’s New Champion

Despite being Skoda’s first entry into a very hot niche, the Kamiq establishes itself as a top runner.

Lotus Evija Is Off To An Outstanding Start, Gets Double-Digit Orders

Lotus has almost sold out the entire allocation of the Evija in the United States before the hypercar even hits the assembly line.

New-Gen Mercedes-Benz Citan Confirmed, Wil Get An Electric Version

The next Citan will continue to be made in partnership with Renault-Nissan but will, once again, get some mods to identify it as a Merc.

Toyota Updates Concept-i, e-Palette Autonomous EVs For 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Toyota will supply 3,700 vehicles, 90 percent of which will be electrified, for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Honda’s Innovative Airbag Promises Increased Front Passenger Safety

Thanks to its design, the new airbag offers better protection in the event of an angled frontal collision.

Supercharged Huracan Performante Demonstrates What She’ll Do In A Straight Line

This lightly modified Huracan Performante crossed the half-mile line at 168 mph which, in our books, is pretty fast.

Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition Arrives In Australia Priced At AUD $53,490

While the 370Z is starting to show its age, Nissan has made it a bit more appealing with this special edition.

Production-Spec Toyota Tj Cruiser To Debut In Japan In October?

A report from Japan claims the new crossover will be unveiled on home soil at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.