Lamborghini could return to Formula 1 in the future, but only if costs decrease and the conditions are right. That’s according to its CEO, Stefano Domenicali.
Having been Ferrari’s F1 team principal from 2008 to the beginning of 2014, Domenicali moved to a motorsport role at Audi before joining Lamborghini as CEO.
Lamborghini hasn’t got a rich history in F1, it was an engine supplier to numerous teams through the late 1980s and early 1990s, but it has a lot of motorsport experience.
Domenicali clearly has a soft sport for F1, having worked in it for so long, and it seems he’s open to Lamborghini making a return to the series in the future.
He hinted that it is a possibility, but admitted it could only happen if the costs of running a F1 team decreased.
Here’s what he told Spain’s AS:
“You are touching a very sensitive part of my heart. I want to be very honest with you, today we have other priorities to be focused on…but tomorrow?
“Motorsport will always be part of Lamborghini and if Formula 1 changes, and if I see we have the right strengths as a company, then the answer is: ‘Why not?’
“It could happen in the future, but joining with the current level of cost necessary not only just to run but to be competitive, is too far from what we’d want. So if we see a hint of change in that specific area, it is worth considering.”
F1’s new owners Liberty Media have expressed plans to cut costs and possibly bring in a budget cap, so that could be good news for Lamborghini.
The prospect of a bright yellow F1 car back on the grid (if that’s what they go for, if they do return to F1) is also pretty exciting.