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Audi confirms Formula 1 entry from 2026 as sport welcomes Volkswagen brand

Audi has confirmed its Formula 1 entry from 2026.
The luxury brand has only announced they are manufacturing engines from 2026 so far, although are expected to have a tie-up with Sauber once they enter the sport in four years.

The entry of the Volkswagen-owned brands Audi and Porsche into F1 has been one of the sport’s worst-kept secrets in recent months, and Audi was the first to confirm its plans ahead of this weekend’s Belgian GP.

Audi was previously linked with a partnership with McLaren but has reportedly turned their attentions to Sauber, who currently runs under the Alfa Romeo banner but has been in talks with other brands.

Audi, whose announcement comes weeks after the 2026 engine rules were confirmed, will develop engines from their German base, with the chassis still expected to be developed at Sauber’s Switzerland base.

The new generation of F1 engines will feature increased electrical power and 100% sustainable fuels.
“I am delighted to welcome Audi to Formula 1, an iconic automotive brand, pioneer, and technological innovator,” said 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.

“It is also a big recognition that our move to sustainably fueled hybrid engines in 2026 is a future solution for the automotive sector. We are all looking forward to seeing the Audi logo on the grid and will be hearing further details from them on their plans in due course.”
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.

Speaking about the luxury brands’ potential arrival earlier this year, Lewis Hamilton said: “I think it’s great that we’re going to get new manufacturers within the sport, especially as you see there are several teams who have potential to be top teams but our customer teams, so I think it’s going to be great moving forwards.”

Max Verstappen added: “I think it’s very exciting and very important for Formula 1 as well.
“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.”

 

 

Source: SKY SPORTS

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