Head of Audi Sport Dieter Gass says that having two Volkswagen Group brands in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship gives him “reason for concern” as Porsche gets set to enter the series alongside Audi later this year.
Audi and Porsche have raced together in series and championships several times in the past, most recently in the FIA World Endurance Championship between 2014 and 2016.
On that occasion there was known to be internal frictions regarding the competition between the two brands and the messaging associated with dual campaigns for both companies
“The situation is, we do have a group [VW] motorsport but at the end the day, every brand within the group is responsible for their own motorsport programs,” Gass told e-racing365.
“So that was basically a decision which has been taken by Porsche on their own, independent from any other brand of the group.”
Gass described how he was in favor of brands within the Group not competing in the same discipline where possible.
This is because he believes the economic situations benefit a single brand representing a major manufacturer.
“Personally, in particular the current situation of the automotive sector and the group, for me this is a reason for concern, because, having seen the situation in the WEC, we have the same thing,” he said.
Gass also raised doubt about the long-term viability of both Audi and Porsche competing in Formula E as the championship continues to grow.
“I’m really skeptical if it’s affordable for the group to do that on a long term [basis].”