Ford isn’t racing to get involved in the FIA Formula One open-wheel racing series again anytime soon, despite the FIA hoping to lure automakers currently uninvolved with the series back with new engine rules slated to take effect in 2021.
Website Motorsport.com spoke to Ford Performance Director Dave Pericak on the matter, who said: “We’re not really looking at F1. I don’t see us getting into that any time soon.” He went on to say that Formula One racing is “expensive,” and that “if you look at every series we are in right now there is a relevance to all the goals and objectives we have, in developing our tools, technology and people and translating that into road cars. Every series that we’re in has an element of that.”
Formula One, presumably, would not.
Pericak was also prompted last week to address rumors that Ford would launch an IndyCar program – rumors that turned out to be false. The Ford Performance chief reiterated that its current motorsport focus is on series that might actually influence its road cars, like the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, FIA World Endurance Championship, and FIA World Rally Championship.
“We use the track to test and improve our technologies, and bring it back into the road cars,” says Pericak. “That’s working well, not just on the GT but other products as well.”