Changes in Formula 1: Audi has announced that it will join the category and Porsche is also negotiating its landing

Changes in Formula 1: Audi has announced that it will join the category and Porsche is also negotiating its landing

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, FIA President Mohammed bin Sulayem posed with Audi representatives (Photo: Reuters)

A few hours after the restart of the Formula 1 season, the paddock has been revolutionized with one of the novelties that will generate the most impact in the division: Audi has announced its entry into the premier class of motorsport from 2026 when a series of new regulations related to powertrain cycles will be put into practice.

Although this news has been rumored, the official announcement was made just hours before the start of the Belgian GP, ​​when it is expected that Porsche finishes confirming the agreement with Red Bull which was have been negotiating for a long time also for the 2026 season.

Audi will develop its power units at the German headquarters in Neuburg with Adam Baker as project manager, given his resume as FIA safety director for the past three seasons and his time with BMW in F1 for four years.

Pending further details, which will be made official at the end of the year, it is assumed that the development of the single-seater will take place after a merger between Audi and Sauberwho currently has his space covered in the division as Alfa Romeo, which uses engines supplied by Ferrari. A detail that did not go unnoticed: a few hours later Alfa Romeo questioned its continuity for the 2023 season.

“Formula 1 is both a global stage for our brand and a very demanding development laboratory”, explained the president of Audi Markus Duesmann. The official said: “With the new rules, now is the right time to come in. After all, Formula 1 and Audi are pursuing clear sustainability goals.”

“The combination of high performance and competition is always a driver of innovation and technology transfer in our industry. With the new rules, now is the right time for us to get involved,” he added.

The official presentation was made before the Belgian GP (Photo: Reuters)
The official presentation was made before the Belgian GP (Photo: Reuters)

This landing of the Volkswagen group in F1 is also aimed at the agreement that they will conclude with Red Bull for the development of engines after the departure of Honda from this team.

“I am delighted to welcome Audi to Formula 1, an iconic, pioneering and technologically innovative automotive brand. This is an important moment for our sport, which highlights the enormous strength we have as a global platform that continues to grow.. This is great recognition and a sign that our move to sustainable fuel hybrid engines in 2026 is a solution for the future of the automotive sector. We are all eager to see the Audi logo on the grid and will hear more details of their plans in due course,” said F1 director Stefano Domenicali.

The changes that the Liberty Media-owned motorsport queen is going to implement are no minor detail: in the 2026 new engines will be developed with the aim of making them more durable and profitablealthough the focus is on 2030 and the idea of ​​being carbon neutral.

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