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2013-04-24 13:45

F1 NOT RELEVANT: Porsche claims Le Mans-style racing will benefit it more than if it were to enter F1. Image: AFP

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STUTTGART, Germany - Porsche has revealed it considered entering Formula 1 but chose to enter a more logical motorsport.

The iconic brand is preparing to field a prototype in the first-tier Le Mans-style sports car World championship in 2014 and Red Bull's Mark Webber has been linked to the project.

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Porsche executive Wolfgang Hatz told Autocar magazine: "Porsche has always lived for the transfer of racing to production cars. For that reason it was clear two or three years ago we had to be back in high-level motorsport and it was a choice between top-flight sports cars or F1.

"The decision was the only logical one. F1 was an alternative but the road relevance is not there.”

Hatz said there were other reasons Porsche decided against F1. "There is a lot of publicity around politics and tyres, but not so much about the engines and chassis,” he said. "The aero, too, is incredible, but so extreme that it cannot result in any development in our road-car understanding.”

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