The long-awaited marriage between Porsche and Red Bull will not happen again. The German brand owned by the Volkswagen Group announced this Friday (9) that the two companies reached an agreement and ended the partnership in formula 1 from the 2026 season.
The reason, according to a statement issued by Porsche, was the opposition of the base in Milton Keynes giving away half of the control of the team. The Germans have claimed from the beginning of the negotiations that the interests are for the partnership to be “equal”, which would mean for Porsche not only to be the engine manufacturer, but also to own 50% of Red Bull.
“During the past few months, Dr. English hc F. Porsche AG and Red Bull GmbH discussed the possibility of Porsche joining the formula 1. The two companies have reached a mutual conclusion that these negotiations will not be carried out”, says the official statement issued by the German brand.
“The work has always been that the cooperation would have a basis of equality, which would include not only the cooperation of the engine, but also between the teams. This could not be achieved”, he continued, leaving, however, the possibility of entering F1 from the 2026 season, but following another path. “With the rule changes in place, the series remains an attractive environment for Porsche, and will continue to be monitored.”
Christian Horner, the boss of Red Bull, spoke about the end of the negotiations and said that the project of the German manufacturer “did not fit” in the DNA of Taurus. “Of course, with Red Bull becoming an engine manufacturer in 2026, having these talks has always been normal,” the Briton told Autosport. “These discussions have been concluded, and we have reached an agreement that it was not right to be associated with Red Bull in F1,” he added.
“We committed to being an engine manufacturer for a year and a half or more. We have invested heavily in facilities and staff, and Red Bull’s first engine was turned off a month ago. So it is a very exciting chapter for us, and it has never been dependent on a third party or OEM. That was certainly never a requirement,” Horner continued.
The leader of Taurus also said that “there was never a financial discussion”, and that any investment will be accepted “only if it fits our DNA and our long-term strategy”. “Porsche is a great brand, but the DNA is very different. During the discussion process, it became clear that there was a strategic misalignment.
“Red Bull has shown what it can do in F1. And of course, as an independent team and now an engine manufacturer, we expect to compete against the OEMs, with the powertrain and chassis.
Rumors about the partnership between Porsche and Red Bull began in early April, when Volkswagen gave the green light to the entry of its two sports brands, Porsche and Audi, from the 2026 season. formula 1starting with a new generation of engines, more focused on sustainability.
Everything seemed fine on July 27, the German website Motorsport-total reported that the deal between Red Bull and Porsche gained strength in the face of documents to the Moroccan antitrust authorities that revealed the plans for the partnership, including the acquisition of 50% of the actions of the German bullfighting group and brand – a document that would have to be verified within the European Community and abroad. The original agreement would be for ten years, and the operation would be based in Milton Keynes, the headquarters of the Austrian fleet.
On August 10th, another strong signal to formalize the Porsche/Red Bull partnership was given: the Stuttgart automaker registered the trademark “F1nally” – a play on words and F1 and finally (finally, in English). It was enough for the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) to confirm what changes would be promoted in the category for the announcement to be made.
They came six days later, after approval by the FIA Motor Sports Council. It was what was missing for Audi and Porsche, then, to implement the original plans to finally join the elite of the world of motorsport, and the brand with the four rings came forward, announcing that it will be an engine supplier from 2026. ., however, the possibility of Audi also entered F1 as a team – the original plan: once again, Motorsport-general announced that the gate would be the purchase of a good part of Sauber, which competes under the name of Alfa Romeo. The deal has not yet been made official, but the Italian brand has already announced that it will leave the Hinwil base at the end of this season.
At the same time, Red Bull and Porsche began to enter into conflict even before the alliance was signed. German website F1-Insider.com reported earlier this week that the two sides have yet to reach an agreement on the share split. The team supported the issue of losing power in the number of shares sold, as well as the market value increased compared to last year, when the negotiations started.
“Porsche will not be our shareholder. We have every opportunity to build our own engines”, said consultant Helmut Marko on the German website at the time. Red Bull also stopped negotiating about the Honda factor, as the Japanese car manufacturer, partner of Taurus between 2019 and 2021, is considering a return in 2026 after exiting the championship at the end of last season.