Over the last few weeks it’s been confirmed that Porsche and Audi will be joining the F1 in some capacity in 2026. Right now, it’s looking as though Porsche will head Red Bull’s engine development from 2026 whereas Audi is casting its eye over McLaren with hopes of buying the team.
“If you look at the major sporting events or events in the world, it’s the case that in motorsport, it’s really only Formula 1 that counts and is becoming increasingly differentiated, VW CEO Herbert Diess said in an official livestream.
“If you do motorsport, you should do Formula 1 as that’s where the impact is greatest. What’s more, you can’t enter Formula 1 unless a technology window opens up which means, in order to get in there, a rule change: so that everyone starts again from the same place.”
However, a recent article from Essentially Sports – now taken down from the site – has hinted that Porsche is now looking to take over Red Bull entirely as they quote F1 journalist Joe Saward who wrote the following on one of his recent blogs:
“It is clear that Porsche will join forces with Red Bull and will effectively badge the Red Bull Powertrains engines in 2026, and there is speculation that there will be some kind of long-term option for Porsche to take over the whole team, if Red Bull decides that it has done enough in F1.”
The idea of Red Bull leaving F1 is certainly interesting, and maybe a little sad for those of us who have been following the team since its inception in 2004. And while we should all take this with a rather large pinch of salt, this would mean Red Bull would leave the sport with at least four Constructor Championships and five Driver championships under its belt. There’s nothing wrong with stopping while you’re ahead.
But of course, this begs the question as to why they’d want to leave.
F1 has never been more popular than it is right now, with the Miami Grand Prix recording record viewers and the calendar looking like it will grow by the day. ABC recorded a peak viewership at the Miami GP of 2.9 million. So why would Red Bull want to pull out of one of the fastest growing sports in the world? Like I said, take this news with some salt.
It looks as though Porsche and Audi will definitely be making an entrance into the sport, but what shape this will take is still up in the air. There will be plenty of rumours and questions, so the best thing we can do it wait to hear it from the horse’s mouth.