The idea of Citroën making a play for a Formula 1 racing team may seem like a long shot to some, and indeed it probably is just that. However, it’s an idea worth considering now and then, particularly given that we know F1 is
Right now, this worldwide racing sport has 10
For one thing, we should note that one or two unconventional manufacturer teams are finding success in Formula 1 (outside of the dominant forces like Ferrari, Mercedes, and Red Bull). Most notably, Scuderia Toro Rosso is having an excellent 2019 campaign, with driver Pierre Gasly putting himself on the map as a regular contender. That’s not to say he’s topping podiums just yet, but if you look at recent results and sports bookie listings for upcoming races, you’ll see his name just below the biggest in the sports. He’ll have fairly good odds for top-five finishes moving forward, driving for a team that most casual fans may not even recognize.
Another thing to consider, which will be more apparent to people who are already fans of Citroën, is that the company wouldn’t exactly be new to competitive racing, even if F1 represents a different challenge. Citroën has essentially dominated World Rally Championships so far this century, which suggests there’s a competitive infrastructure in place. That doesn’t mean there wouldn’t need to be new teams in place to take on F1, from
Lastly, we should note that there have actually been some very light
Because both are still owned by PSA, this could “conceivably” open the door. A PSA-run Peugeot-Citroën Formula 1 team sounds like a long shot, but not an all-out fantasy. And if Formula 1 is indeed looking to expand to 12 teams, this would be a really fun one to see.