VW could consider F1 in 2018, boss says

FRANKFURT Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:22am BST

Signs of VW and MAN are pictured at a truck service centre in Dortmund July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Signs of VW and MAN are pictured at a truck service centre in Dortmund July 4, 2011.

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen could consider a move into Formula One in 2018, the German carmaker's head of motorsports was quoted as saying Thursday.

"I could imagine involvement in Formula One in 2018, when the company is at the forefront of the industry," Wolfgang Duerheimer told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport magazine.

"We have enough brands that could do that," he said, without being more specific.

Ulrich Hackenberg, head of technical development at Volkswagen, in March ruled out any interest in the brand joining Formula One.

However Volkswagen's stable of brands also includes multiple Le Mans 24 Hours winners Audi, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat and Skoda.

(Reporting by Maria Sheahan, editing by Alan Baldwin)

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