Mike Stevens | May 21, 2010

A FORMULA ONE foray for Volkswagen would probably see the Audi or Porsche names above the garage doors.

It has been reported for some time that the German carmaker giant is interested in entering the sport as an engine supplier but only if the FIA green-lights the touted 'world engine' for 2013.

As for the branding of the project, VW's motor racing boss Kris Nissen said: "Within the group, for sure, it could be Audi, it could be Porsche and might also be Volkswagen.

"I think it would not suit so well Skoda or Seat or Bentley," he is quoted as saying at last weekend's Nurburgring 24 Hour race by the Brisbane Times.

Toyota, however, is not interested in returning to Formula One any time soon, after failing to win a single grand prix during its more than $3 billion F1 foray between 2002 and last year.

"There is a big gap between Formula One and Toyota's actual car users," former Team Principal Tadashi Yamashina is quoted by industry paper Automotive News.

"F1 remains the pinnacle of auto racing, but its image grew too elitist," he added.

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Red Bull Fears Only Alonso And Hamilton

In one fell swoop, Dr Helmut Marko has dismissed the title threat posed by figures including reigning champion Jenson Button, the 2008 runner-up Felipe Massa, Mercedes' works team, and seven time world champion Michael Schumacher.

Red Bull's motor racing adviser told APA news agency that the energy drink owned team only fears the challenges of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

"There are two people that we fear for this world title," said Marko. "They are Fernando Alonso, because he is at his absolute peak, and Lewis Hamilton.

"What the others are doing bothers us not so much," revealed the Austrian.

Red Bull's RB6 car has been clearly the fastest among F1's class of 2010, so Marko thinks the Milton Keynes based team is rightly the championship favourite.

"With the package that we have, we clearly have to be going for the championship -- and in the coming years.

"We have the people we need and the necessary tools to adapt to changes. We have had a winning car also in 2008 and 2009, so you can't say that it's a fluke when you're building a top car in three consecutive years," he added.

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