The revolving doors of Formula 1: here come VW

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Car manufacturers have been dipping in and out of Formula 1 for many years now, and I’m beginning to think that all this talk of developing cutting edge technology and applying it to road cars is a lie. It’s surely all about publicity. No sooner have 3 manufacturers (Honda, BMW and Toyota) left, then others have tried to take the exposure slot off them. First Mercedes increase their involvement by buying a team, and now VW want a piece of the action too. I guess there’s no rules to stop companied doing this (and after all they do bring investment into the sport), but it just highlights how Formula 1 has, sadly, become foremost a shopfront for manufacturers and sponsors to make short term impacts in other markets. Oh and there are also highly skilled drivers that offer exciting races…

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