Belgian F1 GP 2022: Audi will enter Formula 1 in 2026

Belgian F1 GP 2022: Audi will enter Formula 1 in 2026

Audi enter as a manufacturer in the Formula 1 from the 2026 season in what is one of the biggest news for the Championship in recent years. the german brand Sauber partnerwhich is currently supporting Alfa Romeo, to develop a new single-seater according to the new car regulations rule now.

During a press conference in Spa, Stefano DomenicaliFormula 1 CEO and President of the International Automobile Federation Mohamed Ben Sulayem and Audi CEO Markus Duesmann today formalized the news, which represents the incorporation into the Grand Cirque of the Volkswagen group, the second largest car manufacturer in the world

Why 2026?

New F1 engine regulations, which will come into effect that year, envisage cheaper and simpler units, without the current MGU-H (electric heating generator), which in its time was a headache for Honda and which will disappear, convinced Honda Audi to enter the highest category.

Another major problem was the gradual arrival of biofuels or e-fuel in F1, a technology in which Audi has always been at the forefront.

Engine made in Germany

Audi’s announcement was half-hearted, as it’s supposed to be associated with the current Sauberin his factory Hinvil (Switzerland) for the manufacture of the chassis, a team with a lot of experience (it is currently Alfa Romeo Sauber). But the purchase or partnership has not yet been concluded and the signing of the four rings has been limited to talking about the new engine, that he must have something else around him in the future to be able to start a Grand Prix.

At least they were able to display some first corporate colors, with an F1 “showcar” as the basis for their future single-seater, although later on you’re likely to have given enough.

Stefano Domenicali, Mohamed Ben Sulayem, Markus Duesmann and Oliver Hoffmann. /AUDI

The facilities of Audi Sport in Neuburg will be the place where the power unit is developed, the first in more than a decade of F1 to be made in Germany, after BMW left in its day. It should be remembered that the current engine of mercedes it is manufactured in Brixworth (UK), although its technology is also entirely German.

“Motorsport is an integral part of Audi’s DNA. Formula 1 is both a global stage for our brand and a very demanding development laboratory. The combination of high performance and competition is always a driving force. innovation and technology transfer in our industry. With the new rules, now is the right time for us to get involved. After all, Formula 1 and Audi pursue clear sustainability goals.” Duesmann.

Domenicali, proud

For his part, the CEO of F1, Stefano Domenicali, said: “I am delighted to welcome Audi to Formula 1, an iconic, pioneering and technologically innovative brand. This is an important moment for our sport which highlights the enormous strength we have as global platform that continues to grow. great recognition that our move to sustainable fuel hybrid engines in 2026 is a future-proof solution for the automotive industry. We can’t wait to see the Audi logo on the grille and we will hear more details about their plans in due course.”

Next, Porsche

Audi is the first brand of the German giant to officially announce its entry into the highest category of world motorsport… but it will not be the last. Porsche finalizes its partnership with Red Bull to return to a competition in which he was previously present as a motorcyclist.

“We will work independently, as we have already done at Le Mans,” confirmed Duesmann. It will be a few independent F1 motorists.

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