F1 reveals two more products to wait as doubts grow about Porsche’s entry

Porsche was expected to join the Red Bull team from 2026, when new engine regulations would come into effect.

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

However, it has since emerged that when Red Bull and Porsche worked out the details of their plans to work together, obstacles arose regarding what both parties were willing to accept.

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From Red Bull’s perspective, she wondered whether or not it would want to sacrifice the autonomy and responsiveness capabilities that have proven to be the mainstay of its success in F1 to engage with a large corporate entity.

Red Bull has since made clear that if Porsche’s plan is to go ahead, it must be entirely on its terms, which has made the joint-stock partnership now look like it’s on hold.

The only option that still appears to be open is for Porsche to be involved in Red Bull’s powertrain division, although the German automaker has been clear from the start that it does not want to be just an engine supplier.

Uncertainty over Porsche’s entry means F1’s hopes of attracting new manufacturers for 2026 – after Audi has already confirmed its plan – may be dashed for now.

However, Domenicali revealed that there are other automakers who have sat on the sidelines waiting for the right opportunity who have deliberately kept the lights out.

Porsche’s planned 2026 F1 entry by buying into Red Bull Red Bull appears to be off.

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Speaking about Porsche’s position 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 effect in 2026. .

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

“But I think that as F1 we ​​are currently preparing a very comprehensive platform. There are also other manufacturers sitting at the engineer table who would rather not go out into the open.”

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Domenicali thought F1’s 2026 regulations were very attractive to manufacturers and that the sport was strong enough to weather the tides of automakers that came and then left.

“For our part, we are not afraid,” he said. “In the recent Concorde agreement, we only required one year’s notice for teams or manufacturers who intend to quit Formula 1, in the past the rules have been much stricter.

“This change is included because we feel strong and strong enough to move forward anyway and there are very good back-up plans in place.

“Today, as never 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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