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The History of Volkswagen Brands in Formula 1

Last weekend's resignation of Volkswagen Group chairman Ferdinand Piech has potentially opened the door for the company to enter Formula One. Piech and F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone have an acrimonious relationship and last December, the BBC's Andrew Benson wrote, "At least one of them would need to leave their current position before a VW Group brand could enter F1." Now that one of those obstacles is gone, speculation can shift from "if" to "when" VW will join the world's pre-eminent motorsport series. But which of the German company's many brands would fly the Volkswagen flag in F1? From Bugatti to Porsche to Lamborghini, it has no shortage of marques with previous experience in F1 and pre-war grand prix racing. As my colleague Neil James p...

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