Red Bull and Porsche, the marriage will not take place: the German car manufacturer, eager to return to Formula 1, has announced the end of negotiations with the team, while leaving a door open to integrate the championship into the horizon 2026.
After the announcement in August of the arrival of Audi in Formula 1 in 2026, we expected that of Porsche. It will be necessary to wait, the German mark having put an end to its project of alliance with Red Bull, which seemed on the point of being concluded.
« Over the past few months, the Porsche Company and Red Bull have been in discussions about the possibility of Porsche entering Formula 1. Both companies have now come to the conclusion that these discussions will no longer be pursued, » the statement said. Porsche.
“The initial idea was to create a partnership of equals, including not only an engine partnership, but also a team. This could not be achieved,” continued the German luxury brand on the sidelines of the Italian Grand Prix this weekend.
Red Bull, « independent » team
The discussions focused on a takeover of the Red Bull team, current leader in the Constructors’ World Championship, by Porsche up to 50%.
But “nothing has ever been signed”, confirmed Friday in Monza (Italy) the boss of the Red Bull team, Christian Horner.
« One of the strengths of this team is obviously its independence, » he explained in the Italian Grand Prix paddock, also highlighting Red Bull’s « quick decision-making process, without superfluous bureaucracy ».
This “independence”, which is “part of the Red Bull DNA”, according to the Briton, would therefore have been jeopardized by a partnership with Porsche.
Powered by Honda until 2021, Red Bull has its powertrains now manufactured and developed in-house, within its dedicated “Red Bull Powertrains” entity. However, Red Bull still benefits, until 2025, from Honda’s cutting-edge technology to develop its engines.
According to the specialized press, Honda is now considering extending its agreement with the team beyond 2025.
These power units notably enabled Dutchman Max Verstappen to win his first world title in 2021 and to be well ahead of the 2022 championship.
« If they (Honda) decide to come back to F1, it will have to be taken into account, » replied Horner, while confirming that Red Bull will be able to shape its own engine in 2026 thanks to the « recruitments and investments » made.
Porsche seduced by a more electric F1
Porsche, for its part, is not closing the door to F1, seduced by the new engine regulations which will come into force in 2026. On this date, the engines, already hybrid since 2014, will see an increase in electrical energy and will use 100% sustainable fuels.
“With the rule changes adopted, the championship remains an attractive environment for Porsche,” which “will continue to observe” opportunities.
These technical advances are more in line with the marketing axis of the Volkswagen group, engaged in a vast electric shift for its production vehicles, and to which Porsche belongs.
In this context, Formula 1 is a considerable marketing asset for displaying “green” technologies and ambitions. According to the CEO of F1, Stefano Domenicali, « several » other manufacturers are also interested in joining the premier category.
Audi, another brand of the Volkswagen group, has already formalized its arrival, in 2026, as an engine manufacturer. The brand with the four rings will partner with a team to be announced by the end of the year, company CEO Markus Duesmann explained at the end of August.
This team could be the Swiss Sauber, which has just announced the end of its partnership with its title sponsor Alfa Romeo.
Porsche, for whom a return to F1 is therefore at a standstill, has already participated in the championship several times.
First at the turn of the 1960s as a factory team, then as an engine manufacturer for McLaren (1983-1987) and finally in 1991 by powering the short-lived Footwork team.
With McLaren, she won three drivers’ world championship titles, in 1984 with Niki Lauda and in 1985 and 1986 with Alain Prost, as well as two constructors’ titles (1984, 1985).
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