F1 says other manufacturers are hiding behind Porsche doubts

F1 says other manufacturers are hiding behind Porsche doubts

Initially, it was expected that Porsche reach an agreement to partner with Red Bull Racing from 2026, when the new engine regulations will come into force.

The initial idea was for Porsche to acquire a 50% stake in the structure whose headquarters are in Milton Keynes and help develop the new engine that Red Bull is already working on through its power unit division.

However, as the two parties negotiated the details of the collaboration, some hurdles emerged as to what the two were willing to agree to.

From the point of view of Red Bullit was questioned whether they would be willing to sacrifice the independence and responsiveness that have proven to be a fundamental pillar of their success in Formula 1 to join a big company.

Since then, the Austrians have made it clear that if Porsche wants to move forward, it will have to accept the terms, which has put the association in check.

The only option that still seems open is for Porsche to get involved solely in the Red Bull engine department, although the German manufacturer has ruled out reaching the elite as an engine supplier out of hand.

The uncertainty now generated by Porsche’s entry or entry means that F1’s intention to attract two new manufacturers by 2026 – with Audi already confirmed – could be thwarted.

However, Sundays He assures that there are other well-known manufacturers waiting for the right opportunity to get noticed, who have kept a lower profile for now.

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Compared to the situation of Porsche before the Italian Grand Prix, Sundays He said: “I can only say that they are an integral part of the group that discussed and are still discussing the rules for the new power units that will come into effect in 2026.”

“We have all read the comments about Porsche and Red Bull, but it will be up to them to decide.”

“I think we, like F1, we are currently a very inclusive platform. There are also other manufacturers sitting at the same table, but at the moment they prefer not to go public.”

Domenicali believes the 2026 Formula 1 regulations are very attractive to manufacturers and that the series is robust enough to survive the ebbs and flows of automakers entering and exiting in the future.

“For our part, we are not afraid,” he said. “In the last Concorde Accord we signed that teams must notify at least a year in advance if they intend to leave Formula 1, in the past the rules were much stricter.”

“This change was made because we feel strong enough to go ahead anyway, and we also have very good backup plans.”

“Today we have a mix of teams, manufacturers and engine manufacturers of the highest level. If something changes, we know what to do”, concluded the general manager of the Formula 1.

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