Current F1 engines are expected to be in use until the end of the 2024 season before the introduction of a new powertrain, with the latest summit on proposals taking place in Austria earlier this month.

Existing players Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault and Red Bull have been joined by officials from Audi and Porsche for the meeting in the latest sign of the VW Group’s interest in bringing one of its brands into F1.

The meeting turned out to be largely positive, with F1 CEO and President Stefano Domenicali calling it “a good step in the right direction”.

The Aston Martin squad are powered by Mercedes, but Stroll said he would welcome the arrival of another major manufacturer to the F1 table to help strengthen the series.

“I would certainly be happy and embraced by the entry of the VW Group,” Stroll said during a panel discussion with selected media including Motorsport.com.

“I just think that would show us the strength of the sport. The stronger the groups are in the sport, the better it is for everyone involved, whether they are fans, team owners, FOM or of FIA.

“So I know they’re pretty engulfed in comeback conversations with one or two of their brands, and I’m very excited and supporting them to get into the sport.

“I think, that would be great.”

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With Honda leaving F1 at the end of the year, officials are eager to try and present a powertrain that is both cheap and durable, with a focus on electric fuels.

Red Bull is set to take over Honda’s existing engines as a first step towards producing its own powertrains from 2025, and has called for a “clean sheet” approach to be taken by that date.

Williams’ current CEO, Jost Capito, was previously director of motorsport at Volkswagen and has expressed his belief that F1 needs a “big change” to align with the road car industry.

“When you look at where the auto industry is going, the discussion of CO2 is an issue,” Capito said.

“I’m absolutely convinced that Formula 1 must also go zero CO2 from 2025, but there are more technical options than all-electric. Electric fuels are something that needs to be studied, needs to be looked at, and also in combination with hybrid.

“In my opinion, these systems and technologies have a future on mobility, so I think the regulation should go in that direction, but should explore all options.

“Therefore, it is right that automakers are part of the discussion. They have to be drawn to the new regulations or they would not join.”


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