Audi confirm Formula 1 entry for 2026

The German manufacturer will join Volkswagen sister company Porsche on the F1 grid from 2026.


Audi has confirmed its intention to enter Formula 1 in the 2026 season as an engine supplier, the company announced in a press conference ahead of the Belgian GP.

The German manufacturer has consistently been reported to have an interest in joining the sport alongside Volkswagen Group sister company Porsche, which is reportedly set to confirm a tie up with Red Bull for the same year.

While Audi is yet to confirm which teams it will be working with amid speculation it could enter a partnership with the Sauber-Alfa Romeo operation, it will join the grid as new technical regulations come into effect for 2026.

In a statement, Audi Chairman Markus Duesmann said F1’s move towards a more sustainable framework by 2026 had opened the door for its involvement in the sport.

“Formula 1 is both a global stage for our brand and a highly challenging development laboratory.

“The combination of high performance and competition is always a driver of innovation and technology transfer in our industry,” Duesmann said.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, FIA President Mohammed bin Sulayem, Audi Chairman, Markus Duesmann and Audi Chief Development Officer, Oliver Hoffmann as German manufacturer Audi announce they will join the Formula 1 World Championship from the 2026 season as a power unit supplier REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

“With the new rules, now is the right time for us to get involved. After all, Formula 1 and Audi both pursue clear sustainability goals.”

Audi power unit

The power unit will be built at Audi’s Competence Center Motorsport in Neuburg an der Dona, Germany, not far from the manufacturer’s global headquarters in Ingolstadt.

Audi said that the decision to increase the share of the batteries’ power in the overall power unit package to equal that of the combustion engine as well as the use of advanced sustainable fuel were prerequisites for its entry.

Former FIA safety director Adam Baker is set to take the helm of the company’s F1 operation as CEO.

Showcar with Audi F1 launch livery
Matt Neill
With years of experience in the motorsports field and Matt Neill founded to give clarity and more depth to the digital F1 landscape.
- Advertisment -


Aston Martin executive gives cryptic update on Adrian Newey deal

Aston Martin’s technical director Dan Fallows has admitted Adrian Newey would be “a great asset” to any team but...

Piastri wants McLaren discussion after Hungarian GP team orders chaos

Oscar Piastri called for a McLaren discussion regarding the team orders situation at the 2024 Hungarian GP as he...

F1 Driver Ratings – 2024 Hungarian GP

Oscar Piastri stunned fans at the Hungaroring by taking his first career victory at the 2024 F1 Hungarian Grand...

Emotional Cassidy ‘incredibly sad’ to miss out in dramatic Formula E title race

Nick Cassidy was almost lost for words after he dramatically lost the 2024 Formula E title to Pascal Wehrlein...

Why NASCAR waited and ended the Brickyard 400 under caution

Kyle Larson, a Hendrick Motorsports driver, winning the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the thirty-year anniversary of...

Max Verstappen slams Red Bull over shocking 2024 Hungarian GP performance

Max Verstappen slams Red Bull for a shocking display at the 2024 Hungarian GP, calling the car slow and...

Emotional Oscar Piastri relives maiden F1 win at Hungarian GP

An emotional Oscar Piastri said his 2024 Hungarian GP victory was a “dream come true” as he took his...

Colton Herta Triumphs in Toronto, Ending 40-Race Winless Streak

Michael Andretti’s jubilant reaction following the IndyCar Grand Prix of Toronto at Exhibition Place was unmistakable as Colton Herta...

Victory and redemption: Pascal Wehrlein’s road to becoming Formula E champion

Following a wide-open battle that boiled down to the very last race of the 2024 season, Pascal Wehrlein officially...

Evans hits out at Jaguar: Team were working against me in Formula E finale

Mitch Evans feels his Jaguar team were working against him during the Formula E finale in London as he...
- Advertisment -
Exit mobile version