Formula 1’s High Costs Are Main Reason Ford Isn’t Eying Return To Series

Wed, Feb 1, 2017 1,842

Despite its race programs’ recent successes, Ford said it has no plans to expand its efforts to Formula 1.

With U.S. company Liberty Media acquiring a controlling stake in F1, some speculated Ford would return to the single-seater series. However, Ford Performance director Dave Pericak told Motorsport.com the high-cost sport doesn’t quite fit into its current motorsport program.

“Formula 1 is so expensive,” Pericak said. “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.”

Pericak reportedly also squashed rumors suggesting the “Blue Oval” was looking to rejoin IndyCar as well. It’s important to note the company isn’t opposed to open wheel racing as a whole — in fact, Formula Ford has been the springboard that launched many a career — but rather it’s looking to get more bang for its buck than is possible in IndyCar and F1.

“We use the track to test and improve our technologies, and bring it back into the road cars,” Pericak told Motorsport.com. “That’s working well, not just on the GT but other products as well.”

Ford currently is getting lots of international exposure through its World Rallycross Championship, World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship programs. And considering its Focus RS RX and GT race cars utilize EcoBoost technology that it uses in its road cars, we certainly can understand why Ford is content with its existing portfolio.

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