“The talks will not continue”: the arrival of a flagship brand in Formula 1 has been canceled
With the confirmation of the new engine regulations that will govern the Formula 1 As of the 2026 season, several brands were interested in joining the grid. In Belgium, it has been confirmed that Audi will enter as a power unit manufacturer in a possible alliance with Sauber. Another company had approval from the Volkswagen Group to enter F1, but in the final hours it was confirmed that negotiations had failed.
It’s about Porsche, which until a few days ago was in negotiations with Red Bull to return to the Formula 1. After months of talks, the Germans reported that talks with the energy drink team were over. In any case, they have not ruled out looking for new possibilities to finally enter the highest category of motorsport.
“Over the past few months, Dr. Ing. hc F. Porsche AG and Red Bull GmbH have had discussions about the possibility of Porsche coming to the Formula 1“, began the official press release. “Both companies have now reached the joint conclusion that talks will not continue,” the VW Group brand added.
Porsche’s original plan was to buy Red Bull’s 50% stake, although the Austrians have said they have no intention of losing their independence. This led to the end of the negotiations. “The main principle has always been that the association would be based on equality, which would include not only an engine association, but also the team. But that was not possible,” assured Porsche.
“With the confirmed regulatory changes, the Formula 1 However, it remains an attractive environment for Porsche, which will continue to monitor its possibilities,” he concluded. F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali revealed this week that other manufacturers intended to join the Grand Circus after Porsche’s plans fell through.
What they said at Red Bull
For the past few weeks, negotiations between Porsche and Red Bull were known to have stalled due to differences between the two companies. Christian Horner, manager of the Austrian team of the Formula 1mentioned that the team does not need any external investment to carry out the Red Bull Powertrains program.
“Our team is Red Bull’s greatest global marketing asset. Why should we now be strategically committed for the long term?” Horner told Motorsport. “By 2026 we are fully committed. We have built our first prototype engine for 2026, which we have been able to run before the summer break. We are in a really exciting moment that does not depend on outside intervention or investment if the right partner does not arrive strategically,” he said.
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