F1 reveals other manufacturers waiting as Porsche entry doubts grow

F1 reveals other manufacturers waiting as Porsche entry doubts grow

Porsche was expected to join forces with Red Bull from 2026, when new engine regulations come into force.

The initial idea was for Porsche to take a 50% stake in the Milton Keynes-based operation and help with the development of the new engine that Red Bull is already working on through its engine division.

However, it has since emerged that as Red Bull and Porsche worked through the details of their plans to work together, obstacles arose in terms of what both sides were willing to accept.

From Red Bull’s perspective, it was questioned whether or not it wanted to sacrifice the independence and quick-response skills that had proved a mainstay of its success in F1 to get involved with a large corporate entity.

Red Bull have since made it clear that if Porsche’s plan is to go ahead, it would have to be entirely on their terms, meaning a shareholding partnership now appears to have been called off.

The only option that appears to still be open is for Porsche to get involved with Red Bull’s engine division, although the German automaker had been clear from the start that it didn’t want to just be an engine supplier.

Uncertainty over Porsche’s entry means F1’s hopes of attracting two new manufacturers for 2026 – with Audi having already confirmed its plan – could be dashed for now.

However, Domenicali says there are other automakers sitting on the sidelines waiting for the right opportunity that have deliberately kept a low profile.

Porsche’s planned entry into F1 2026 via the purchase of Red Bull is out.

Photo by: Erik Junius

Speaking about Porsche’s situation ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, Domenicali said: “I can only say that Porsche is an integral part of the group that has discussed and continues to discuss the rules behind the new power unit that will come into force on 2026. .

“We have all read comments from Porsche and Red Bull, and they will be the ones to decide what to do.

“But I think we as F1 are currently a very inclusive platform. There are also other manufacturers sitting at the engineers’ table who prefer not to be out in the open.”

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Domenicali felt that the 2026 F1 regulations were very attractive to manufacturers and that the sport was robust enough to survive the ebb and flow of car manufacturers entering and then leaving.

“For our part, we are not afraid,” he said. “In the last Concordia agreement, we only asked for one year’s notice from teams or manufacturers who intended to leave Formula 1, in the past the rules were much stricter.

“This change was included because we feel strong and robust enough to move forward anyway, and there are very good backup plans.

“Today, more than ever in the past, we have a mix of teams, manufacturers and engine suppliers at the highest level. If something changes we know what to do.”

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