Red Bull and Porsche are not yet ready to announce their possible collaboration in Formula 1 for 2026.
Red Bull and Porsche are not yet ready to announce their likely 2026 F1 collaboration.
Red Bull’s home race in Austria, and the only Grand Prix in a German-speaking country, was expected to be the ideal venue to officially confirm the rampant rumors about the paddock.
But the doctor Helmut Marco said Porsche can’t make any announcements until the delayed 2026 engine regulations are set in stone.
“It’s real in the fall,” a senior Red Bull official told Kronen Zeitung.
The new branch of the Red Bull Powertrains team is expected to develop the internal combustion engine in 2026, while Porsche will handle the electronics.
“All I know is that the VW Group will be involved as soon as the rules are in place, and that’s not the case yet,” Marco said.
He said the rules were largely agreed, “but Ferrari wants more modifications around the exhaust.’
When asked when the negotiations would end, Marko replied: “Initially it was the end of June, recently – the end of July, but it’s also quite difficult.”
Volkswagen’s other brand, Audi, is expected to launch an entirely separate F1 project by joining the Sauber (currently Alfa Romeo) team.
Meanwhile, although Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and Paul Ricard (France) are in serious danger of losing their European Grand Prix, Marco insists the Red Bull-promoted Austrian Grand Prix is safe.
“The Red Bull Ring is always one of the most rated Grands Prix, and Red Bull also makes up 20 percent of the starting grid,” Marco said.
The 79-year-old admitted that other venues could offer “more money” but “it’s very clear that the traditional tracks will have to be preserved”.
“The Red Bull Ring is in no danger,” Marco said.