Volkswagen paves the way for Audi and Porsche to enter Formula 1


« Management and supervisory board of Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi have approved plans for the brands’ possible entry into Formula 1 »told AFP a spokesperson for the German manufacturer. “We therefore have the possibility in principle of joining as early as 2026” the Championship, added an Audi spokeswoman. “No decision has been made yet, we are in the final phase of the study. »

The boss of Porsche, Oliver Blume, confirmed at the end of March the study of an entry in Formula 1, the press evoking « negotiations » with Red Bull. “A final decision has not yet been made”insisted a spokesperson for the brand.

The perfect scene to display an electric turn

Audi could for its part buy McLaren: the manufacturer is now offering some 650 million euros for the British team, against an initial offer of 450 million deemed too low by the target, the weekly reported on Sunday. Automobilwoche. Other options would go through Sauber (present in F1 under the name of Alfa Romeo Sauber), Williams or a partnership with Aston Martin, according to the daily Handelsblatt.

Committed like the entire Volkswagen group to a vast electric shift, Audi and Porsche hope to take advantage of an entry into Formula 1 to display their “green” technologies and ambitions. Audi will not join the Championship until « condition » that the regulation valid from 2026 “plans for vast changes for a more sustainable sport”explained the spokesperson on Thursday. “We are in contact with the FIA ​​for this. »

Audi boss Markus Duesmann is a big motor racing fan: before joining the Volkswagen group, he was in charge of engine development for the BMW F1 team.


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