Ferrari/Mercedes can hold F1 to ransom

Ferrari/Mercedes can hold F1 to ransom

As Volkswagen reiterates once again that it's not interested in F1, DIETER RENCKEN suggests the small manufacturer pool in the series is helping Mercedes and Ferrari to dominate politics as well as sport

For the Volkswagen Group to openly admit that Formula 1 is not on its agenda is no surprise, particularly given the fall-out from 'Dieselgate'.

In fact, even before the scandal broke in September, this writer consistently doubted rumours that Wolfsburg's management board harboured serious intentions of entering F1, regardless of who - initially Ferdinand Piech, then Martin Winterkorn and, now, Matthias Muller - headed VW Group.

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