Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 Race Car to Race at 2014 Le Mans, But Formula 1 Was Almost the Venue
Not too long ago the rumormill had Porsche coming back to race in Formula 1. While this isn’t going to be happening, we now know the reasons for the rumor that originally made its way around the internet like a wildfire.
Like any good rumor having the German performance car maker rejoin F1 was based on a nugget of truth. The fact is that Porsche didn’t want to have to race in Formula One because it felt like endurance racing leads to better technology for road cars.
Beyond this aspect Porsche has a more storied past at Le Mans which is something that could help peak more racing fans interest. While they do have a history in Formula 1, it isn’t quite as long or storied as their endurance racing history. Beyond this, by entering F1 they would be behind the eight ball with Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes and Infiniti all having very good well established programs.
But you may ask were they actually considering a return to Formula one? The answer yes, they did consider a return to open-wheeled racing for 2014 if the couldn’t race at Le Mans.
That brings us to what almost prevented a return to the top level of competition at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and that would be Audi. Once Porsche was bought by VW, having two in-house rivals for the endurance racing crown didn’t seem likely.
So, if Audi didn’t want major competition they would leave their new sister company out of competition. Fortunately, they were up for a challenge and for us racing fans visions of the glories of cars like the Porsche 917 once again filled our heads.
The 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans should be a very good one. But just think, had they returned to Formula One this article would be about Porsche and Ferrari battling it out. Perhaps that wouldn’t be so bad either (I guess you just can’t have it all).
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