Never before has such a senior figure in the Volkswagen hierarchy spoken so openly about a possible involvement of the company in F1 racing. Ex-Formula One driver and VW spokesman Hans-Joachim Stuck didn't beat about the bush: "When you're the biggest automotive manufacturer in the world, you obviously need to give careful consideration to Formula One. But not before 2012." Stuck was in the USA last week and watched the grand finale to the NASCAR season in Florida. While he was there, he had discussions with the sport's top brass. One possible option that VW could be considering is the Grand-Am Series which also comes under the NASCAR umbrella.