Earlier this year, before Volkswagen’s widely publicized emissions scandal came to light, there were rumors circulating the automaker may join Formula 1. It no longer has the expendable cash to do so, but Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne said he has always encouraged the automaker to get into F1, Autosport reports.
Marchionne has also encouraged other automakers in addition to Volkswagen to join F1, including American automotive giant General Motors – a company that seems to have more than enough resources to enter the top-tier of motorsports.
“In spite of the problems Volkswagen is having, I have always encouraged the past managing director of Volkswagen to join F1,” Marchionne said.
“That such a large company was not in F1 was always very strange to me.”
“I also encouraged General Motors, I always try to encourage all of them to join,” he added.
“That would be good for the sport, for them and for us (Ferrari).”
There have been rumors that Honda’s struggles in its first year as a Formula 1 engine supplier to McLaren have discouraged other automakers from entering the sport. Honda/McLaren had a dismal season in 2015, scoring only six top tens, but Marchionne thinks the brand’s woes shouldn’t affect other’s perception of the sport.
“Honda could do great things and could go back to wins,” he said, concluding that they “need more manufacturers in Formula 1.”