There’s been a long-standing whisper in the paddock: German constructor Audi will enter F1 in 2026.It usually joins forces with Sauber, but the cooperation has not yet been confirmed.

For Audi, which is part of the Volkswagen Group, this is the first step into the premier class of motorsport.

The hybrid engine will be developed and manufactured at Audi Sport’s headquarters in Neuburg near Ingolstadt, Germany.

At the moment it is not yet known which race stables will be powered by Audi engines. Sauber, which currently participates under the Alfa Romeo brand, could be powered by a Ferrari engine. We will have more clarity on this by the end of the year.

From 2026, F1 hybrid engines will be powered exclusively by sustainable fuels. The combustion engine can only supply half of the required power, the rest is allocated to the electric motor.

“With these new regulations in mind, now is the ideal time to get started in F1,” Audi CEO Markus Dusmann told Spa. “Both F1 and Audi are pursuing clear sustainability goals.”

Sister company Porsche, also part of the Volkswagen Group, has plans to take the F1 world by storm. They are looking to collaborate with reigning world champion and current World Cup leader Max Verstappen’s Red Bull.

Unlike Audi, Porsche has a history in Formula 1. As his supplier for McLaren engines, he recorded the best results in the 80s. They have not been active in F1 since the early 1990s.

Source: Sporza

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