Audi confirms entry as engine producer from 2026; Fellow Volkswagen brand Porsche additionally anticipated to affix; Audi anticipated to have link-up with Sauber, who presently run underneath the Alfa Romeo banner; Watch the Belgian GP reside on Sky Sports F1 this weekend
Last Updated: 26/08/22 9:32am
Audi has confirmed its Formula 1 entry from 2026.
The luxurious brand has solely introduced they’re manufacturing engines from 2026 to this point, though are anticipated to have a tie-up with Sauber as soon as they enter the sport in 4 years.
The entry of the Volkswagen-owned manufacturers Audi and Porsche into F1 has been one of many sport’s worst-kept secrets and techniques in latest months, and Audi have been the primary to verify their plans forward of this weekend’s Belgian GP.
Audi have been beforehand linked with a partnership with McLaren however have reportedly turned their attentions to Sauber, who presently run underneath the Alfa Romeo banner however have been in talks with different manufacturers.
Audi, whose announcement comes weeks after the 2026 engine guidelines have been confirmed, will develop engines from their German base, with the chassis nonetheless anticipated to be developed at Sauber’s Switzerland base.
The new technology of F1 engines will function elevated electrical energy and 100% sustainable fuels.
“I am delighted to welcome Audi to Formula 1, an iconic automotive brand, pioneer and technological innovator,” mentioned F1 president Stefano Domenicali.
“This is a major moment for our sport that highlights the huge strength we have as a global platform that continues to Grow.
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“It can also be an enormous recognition that our transfer to sustainably fueled hybrid engines in 2026 is a future answer for the automotive sector. We are all wanting ahead to seeing the Audi emblem on the grid and will likely be listening to additional particulars from them on their plans sooner or later.”
Adam Baker, who has previously worked with the FIA, will run the project as CEO.
Volkswagen’s German rivals Mercedes have dominated F1 for much of the last decade but the manufacturing giant has not previously been involved with the sport.
It has, though, worked with Red Bull in the world rally championship.
It is expected that Porsche will link up with Red Bull, who they have been linked with for several years and who have their own Powertrains Division focused on the 2026 changes.
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Speaking about the luxury brands’ potential arrival earlier this year, Lewis Hamilton said: “I believe it is nice that we’ll get new producers inside the sport, particularly as you see there are a number of groups who’ve potential to be prime groups however are buyer groups, so I believe it should be nice shifting forwards.”
Max Verstappen added: “I believe it’s totally thrilling and crucial for Formula 1 as properly.
“Of course we have great teams, but to have really great brands behind it is really nice. I’m looking forward to what the future will bring.”