Despite the switch to V6 turbo power in 2014, Volkswagen is still not interested in Formula One.

Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg (Right) Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Brand with Timo Scheider
Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg (Right) Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Brand with Timo Scheider

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The German giant's development boss Ulrich Hackenberg insists the sport is "too far away" from the world of normal road cars.

"There is no scope (in F1) for the Volkswagen brand, at least not at this stage," he told Germany's Auto Presse.

Hackenberg admitted, however, that the "prestige of winning" in Formula One "is high" and therefore attractive for brands looking for worldwide exposure.

"But for those interested in technical expertise with a view to mass production, it is not the right place.

"This is where the core Volkswagen brand needs no help from F1," he said, arguing that world rally on the other hand is a "very good platform" for VW.