Porsche and Red Bull will not cooperate in F1

Porsche and Red Bull will not cooperate in F1

Posted on September 9, 2022, 9:32 PM

Red Bull and Porsche, the wedding will not take place. The German automaker, eager to return to Formula 1, announced the end of talks with the team this Friday. The company, however, leaves the door open to join the championship by 2026. The arrival of the Stuttgart company was expected after the announcement, in August, of that of Audi, in four years.

“Over the past few months, Porsche and Red Bull have held discussions on the possibility of Porsche entering Formula 1. Both companies have now come to the conclusion that these discussions will no longer be pursued,” concludes Porsche. , in the media. release. “The initial idea was to create a partnership of equals, including not only the engine partnership but also the team. This could not be achieved,” continued the German luxury brand, on the sidelines of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.

“Independent” Red Bull

The negotiations aimed to take over the Red Bull team, currently leading the world constructors’ championship, and Porsche up to 50%. But “nothing has ever been signed”, confirmed this Friday in Monza in Italy, the boss of the Red Bull team, Christian Horner.

“One of the strengths of this team is obviously its independence,” he explained at the Italian Grand Prix, also highlighting Red Bull’s “quick decision-making process, without high bureaucracy”. This “independence” which is “part of Red Bull’s DNA”, according to the Briton, could be jeopardized by the partnership with Porsche.

Powered by Honda until 2021, Red Bull has its powertrains now developed and manufactured in-house, within its own dedicated Red Bull Powertrains entity. But Red Bull still benefits, until 2025, from Honda technology to build its engines. According to special media, Nippon is considering extending its agreement with the team beyond 2025.

“If (Honda) decide to return to Formula 1, it will have to be considered,” said Christian Horner. While confirming that the Red Bull team will be able to build its engine in 2026 thanks to the “jobs and investments” made.

electron attraction

Porsche, for its part, does not close the door to Formula 1, fooled 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 be. use 100% sustainable oil.

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 Formula 1, Stefano Domenicali, “several” manufacturers are also interested in joining the first category.

Audi, another brand of the Volkswagen group, has already formalized its arrival in 2026 as an engine manufacturer. The ringed brand will partner with a team to be announced at the end of the year, CEO Markus Duesmann explained in late August. This team could be Sauber, which has announced the end of its partnership with its title sponsor Alfa Romeo.

The distant past in F1

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 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). While we await the return of single-seaters, the soon-to-be-listed brand will defend its colors in the world endurance championship and at the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans, with its new Porsche 963 hybrid.

With the AFP