Audi arrives in the world of F1. The CEO of the German manufacturer, Markus Duesmann, announced this Friday morning during a press conference at Spa-Francorchamps on the sidelines of the Belgian Grand Prix. Another brand of the Volkswagen group arrives as an engine manufacturer in the elite of world motorsport after Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Red Bull. Audi will start on the F1 circuits in 2026.
This announcement follows the new rules expressed ten days ago. The FIA World Motor Sport Council has established regulations for new Formula 1 engines for 2026. Already hybrid since 2014, they will see an increase in the deployment of electric power in 4 years and will also use fuels 100% sustainable. “With the new rules, it’s a good time for us to get involved. Formula 1 and Audi both pursue clear objectives in terms of sustainable development”, justified the CEO of Audi.
These new technical rules will apply from 2026. They were a prerequisite for the German brand in order to register its arrival in F1. Audi, like the entire Volkswagen group engaged in a vast electric shift, hopes to take advantage of Formula 1, which has been experiencing a resurgence of interest in recent years, to display its “green” technologies and ambitions. The German manufacturer also underlined the importance of the already existing budget ceiling for the teams, and the implementation in 2023 of another ceiling, on the costs for the engine manufacturers of the plateau this time.
It remains to be seen which team will be at his side. If McLaren, Aston Martin or Williams have been cited as part of a takeover or partnership, the Swiss structure Sauber, currently known as Alfa Romeo, now appears to be the most likely alliance. The arrival in F1 of Audi should be followed by that of Porsche.