Sauber: 'VW won't enter F1'

Volkswagen will not enter Formula 1 in the foreseeable future - according to Peter Sauber, whose team has been linked with a VW F1 project for several years

Sauber: 'VW won't enter F1'

The Swiss team boss believes that Ford's withdrawal from Grand Prix racing at the end of 2004 marks the beginning of the end of the manufacturer boom, and that VW's often-mooted F1 project is therefore highly unlikely to happen.

"I think Ford is the first of many to leave," said Sauber in an interview in this week's Autosport magazine. "The auto industry is not in a situation where it can spend a lot of money.

"I've talked many times with manufacturers - those already in the sport and those who are out. Sooner or later Sauber may go with a manufacturer but I don't think at the moment there are any to come in.

"I don't think that Volkswagen are in a situation to do that."

The VW Audi Group is currently involved in sportscar racing, touring cars and world rallying, but has never tackled F1 despite being regularly linked with the category - and Sauber in particular - in recent years.

Although Sauber had Mercedes backing in its early years and then ran as a Ford works team for two seasons, it has used customer Ferrari engines since 1997 and established itself as the most competitive 'independent' team in the F1 field.

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