BERLIN, Germany – Red Bull and Porsche, the marriage will not happen: the German automaker, eager to return to Formula 1, announced the end of negotiations with the team, leaving the door open to unification of the championship by 2026.
After the announcement in August of Audi’s arrival in Formula 1 in 2026, we expected that of Porsche. It will be worth waiting, the German brand having finished its project of union with Red Bull, which seemed to be close to conclusion.
“Over the past few months, Porsche and Red Bull have been in discussions regarding the possibility of Porsche entering Formula 1. Both companies have now come to the conclusion that these discussions will no longer be pursued,” the statement said. Porsche.
“The initial idea was to create a partnership of equals, including not only the engine partnership but also the team. This could not have been achieved,” continued the German luxury brand on the sidelines of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.
Red Bull, the “independent” team.
The negotiations aimed to take over the Red Bull team, currently leading the world constructors’ championship, and Porsche up to 50%.
The first negative hints were given by the boss of the Red Bull team, Christian Horner, last week: “Any relationship with a manufacturer or partner must be compatible with Red Bull”, explained Sky Sports F1.
“Red Bull has always been an independent team, it is one of our strengths and it is the backbone of what we have achieved and our ability to act quickly, it is part of our DNA,” he said.
The “independent” team “DNA” which, apparently, was at risk in cooperation with Porsche.
Powered by Honda until 2021, Red Bull has its powertrains now developed and manufactured in-house, within its own special entity “Red Bull Powertrains”. However, Red Bull still benefits, until 2025, from Honda’s latest technology to build its engines.
According to special media, Honda is now considering extending its agreement with the team beyond 2025.
These power units enabled Dutchman Max Verstappen to win his first world title in 2021 and be ahead of the 2022 championship.
Porsche was seduced by the more electric F1
Porsche, for its part, does not close the door to F1, guided by the new engine regulations that will come into force in 2026. On this date, the engines, already hybrid since 2014, will see an increase in electric power and will use. 100% sustainable oil.
“With the rule changes adopted, the championship remains an attractive environment for Porsche,” which will “continue to explore” opportunities.
This technical development is more in line with the marketing axis of the Volkswagen group, which is involved in major electrification of its production vehicles, and to which Porsche belongs.
In this context, Formula 1 is a great marketing tool for showcasing “green” technologies and goals. According to the CEO of F1, Stefano Domenicali, “several” other manufacturers are also interested in joining the Premier division.
Audi, another brand of the Volkswagen group, has already formalized its arrival, in 2026, as an engine manufacturer. The four-ringed brand will partner with a team to be announced at the end of the year, company CEO Markus Duesmann explained in late August.
This team could be the Swiss Sauber, which has announced the end of its partnership with its title sponsor Alfa Romeo.
Porsche, whose return to F1 therefore stands, has already participated in the championship several times.
First in the early 1960s as a factory team, then as an engine manufacturer for McLaren (1983-1987) and finally in 1991 for the short-lived Footwork team.
With McLaren, he won three drivers’ world championships, in 1984 with Niki Lauda and in 1985 and 1986 with Alain Prost, as well as two constructors’ titles (1984, 1985).