Former Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess said Audi and Porsche will enter F1 in 2026 with the new regulations coming in place. Rumors were spreading all over the internet about Porsche partnering with Red Bull Racing with the 2026 season entry. With the new regulations in place, all Formula One cars will run entirely on synthetic fuel. Porsche in their official press release mentioned that the talks of the partnership with Red Bull has now ended.
Porsche wanted the partnership to be equal for both Red Bull and them. The two haven’t reached any agreement due to differences in the team operations. The German automaker wants to offer more than their superior engine and to operate the team jointly. According to Motorsport.com, the German marque wanted an equal 50 percent share in Red bull’s F1 business. That part was the reason for discord that led to Red Bull leaving the conversation and ending the deal. The deal would have formalized during the Austrian Gran Prix that we all know didn’t happen.
Team Principal of Red Bull, Christian Horner insisted that the team should be independent of the 2026 F1 season. With the team being Red Bull’s biggest marketing asset; Horner doesn’t want to compromise by giving it to somebody else’s hands. Although the deal will Red Bull is officially dead, Porsche will enter the 2026 F1 season. We’ll have to see what happens next as now Audi could also partner with Sauber with their 2026 entry.