Andretti in F1 with Porsche?
Michael Andretti arrived in the Austin paddock this Saturday and the latest echoes point to a rapprochement with Porsche for 2026.
There is fuss behind the scenes to facilitate the entry into the Grands Prix for the Andretti Global team, which has so far been rejected because it does not bring significant added value to the F1 business.
Meanwhile, Porsche has been politely refused in its bid to take over Red Bull Racing and the German manufacturer is looking for a credible alternative.
McLaren and Williams wishing to preserve their independence, the options are limited but Liberty Media tries to encourage Andretti to establish an association with Porsche.
The two entities are already linked in Formula E where André Lotterer and Jake Dennis will benefit from the engine developed in Stuttgart for next season in the new Gen3 of electric competition.
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This merger could therefore also materialize in Formula 1 with Andretti chassis powered by V6 turbo hybrid engines identical to those developed by Audi for its own planned engagement with Sauber, the VW group allowing this sharing of competence and this economy of scale.
At this stage, all of this is still only speculation, but it would make sense to combine the ambitions of Andretti and Porsche in a common challenge from 2026, when the new engine regulations come into force.