Lawrence Stroll has expressed his support for the Volkswagen Group’s recent interest to enter F1 amidst talks over the next generation of power units for 2025.
F1’s current V6 turbo hybrid engines are set to be used till 2024, after which a potentially new engine is to be introduced. Ferrari, Mercedes, and Renault supply engines for customers in the grid, but they were joined by officials from Audi and Porsche in a summit held in early July over the new engines. The Aston Martin chairman Stroll likes the idea.
“I would certainly welcome and embrace the entry of the VW Group,” Stroll said. “I know they’re [VW Group] quite engulfed in conversations about returning with one or two of their brands, and I am very excited and supportive of them coming into the sport.”
Stroll also said that the presence of strong groups such as the VW Group in F1 will be beneficial for everyone involved, from the fans to the teams and even the FIA.
“I just think it would show us the strength of the sport. The stronger groups that are in the sport, the better for everyone involved, whether it be fans, whether it be team owners, whether it be FOM or FIA,” he admitted.
Another person who had an opinion on the recent summit is the current Williams team principal and former Volkswagen’s director of motorsport Jost Capito. He believes that F1 must target for zero CO2 and that new car manufacturers are involved in talks is only right.
“When you look where the automotive industry is going, the CO2 discussion is an issue,” Capito commented. “Therefore it is right that car manufacturers have to be part of the discussion. They have to be attracted to the new regulations or they wouldn’t join.”
Capito also explained how the zero CO2 approach is better than going fully electric, especially in F1. He believes e-fuels can be a potential solution to several problems and that further investigation must be done to see how compatible they are with hybrid engines.
“I am absolutely convinced that Formula 1 has to go to zero CO2 as well from 2025, but there are more technical options than just full electric. E-fuels is something that has to be investigated, has to be looked at, and also in combination with hybrid,” Capito said.
“In my view, these systems and technology have a future on mobility, and therefore I think the regulations should go in that direction but should investigate all options.”