Will we see the Italian brand with the trident in F1 in the near future? After announcing its return to competition in Formula E, can the Modena firm make a return to F1 almost 6 decades after leaving it?
The news of Maserati has been made in recent days with the official announcement of their return to competition from 2023, the Trident will enter the Formula E World Championship.
What if Maserati was thinking of F1?
F1 is radically changing its concept from 2022 and it will welcome simplified engine regulations from 2026 in the hope of attracting new manufacturers. This will already be partly the case this season with the introduction of E10 fuel, and behind the scenes we are waiting for announcements from the Audi and Porsche brands, which could also say yes to F1.
« Our sustainable fuel, which we want to use alongside new hybrid engines with a higher proportion of electricity, can open up a second option next to electromobility, » Stefano Domenicali told Auto Bild. « This does not only apply to the Volkswagen Group, but to all car manufacturers. »
If the direction taken by the new technical regulations agrees with the new policies of the manufacturers, it is not unreasonable to think that other manufacturers could also be interested in F1. Rumor has it that Maserati, which belongs to the Stellantis group (merger of the PSA and FCA groups), is keeping an eye on F1.
It was following the announcement of Maserati’s arrival in Formula E from 2023 that questions were obviously asked of Davide Grasso, CEO of the brand, to discuss a possible future in F1.
« You mean the other championship run by my friend Stefano Domenicali? Time will tell, but Formula 1 is the premier class, the most important championship for racing cars, a great competition. Maserati was there, winning the world championship with Juan Manuel Fangio. The question is therefore not out of place, but it is also not relevant at the moment. Formula E should be our first step, » said Davide Grasso.
As a reminder, Maserati’s racing debut took place 96 years ago. The first racing car to feature the Trident logo on the bonnet was the Tipo 26, which debuted at the Targa Florio in 1926, winning first place in the class up to 1.5L, with Alfieri Maserati at the flying.
Thirty-one years later, Juan Manuel Fangio won the F1 World Championship with Maserati in 1957. The last time Maserati was seen in single-seaters was with Maria Teresa De Filippis, the first woman to qualify for a Formula 1 Grand Prix, aboard a 250F.