In a conversation with Wolfsburg, VW boss Herbert Diess emphasized again: Now is the time for Audi and Porsche to enter Formula 1. The CEO explained that this could be the case now or in 10 years for a number of reasons. Due to the growth of the sport in America, the potential in Asia and the change in engine regulations, VW does not want to miss the opportunity of 2026. Of course, this ambition is one thing, but why with two different brands? This is one of the questions that will be addressed in an additional episode of the F1 update.
The question of why there has not yet been an official announcement of the news from Audi and Porsche itself also receives a lot of attention. All the bodies that need to talk about this have now reached an agreement, but white smoke is still missing. Why? The simple answer is that the 2026 engine regulations have not yet been officially unveiled by the FIA and Formula 1, the slightly more complex answer is that the details are still politically contentious at the moment. The last words mainly refer to the concessions for new entrants, ie how much time they should get on the dyno and how much more they can spend under the budget limit on engines.
On the other hand, competitors want a rock-solid guarantee that Audi’s and Porsche’s engine projects will be completely separate. Competitors want to prevent both brands from getting concessions at all costs, then share the dyno time and equip a power source with two different stickers. VW also says it has no plans for the latter, in part because Porsche needs to merge with Red Bull and the latter brand is already working on a facility in Milton Keynes. According to sources, even the papers are ready, making Red Bull-Porsche a fact.
But isn’t the above facilities and all the money invested in Red Bull Powertrains a waste of money when Porsche comes along? The answer to this question has a lot more information in the video that you can find at the top of this page. There is also more explanation about the situation of Audi (and McLaren) and what a cooperation ‘on an equal footing’ between Red Bull and Porsche should entail.
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