F1 would cope without Porsche in 2026 – Domenicali (Update)

Porsche may be set to terminate all plans to make their entry into F1 as an engine supplier in 2026 after the Red Bull deal collapsed, according to a report by German publication RTL.

Porsche had earlier expressed interest in specifically having a venture with a championship-winning team to mark their entry into the sport, but with the Red Bull deal off, there are no other championship winning teams.

Now, there is not much benefit for Porsche in entering the sport, and might not do it at all.

Indeed, Red Bull announced that new Honda logos will be added to the four Red Bull-owned cars from Japan until at least the end of the season.

“With these new agreements, we are proud to continue going from strength to strength with the technical support from HRC until the next generation of engines are introduced in 2026,” said Dr Helmut Marko, who had meetings with Honda executives between the Singapore and Japanese races.

Honda is also considering ramping up its Red Bull collaboration for 2026 and beyond, after talks about a 50 percent buy-out of the team by Porsche recently collapsed.

According to Auto Motor und Sport, another potential Red Bull partner for the next set of engine regulations is Hyundai, with F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said to have recently met with officials of the South Korean carmaker.

As far as AR1.com is concerned, the best scenario for Porsche now would be if Red Bull spun off the AlphaTauri team to Andretti Global and Porsche.  This would give both Andretti and Porsche a jump start with an established team.

And why is one owner allowed to own two F1 teams?  Pressure should be brought to bear to make this happen.

September 9, 2022 

(GMM) F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali says the sport would be able to cope if Porsche decides not to enter Formula 1 after all.

At Monza, Christian Horner denied that Red Bull’s highly anticipated works Porsche deal for 2026 and beyond ultimately fell through because he refused to consider stepping down as team principal.

“I don’t really need to comment on speculation,” he said. “There are always wild rumors in this paddock.

“But I recently made a commitment to this team in the long-term, so any discussions we have had have been contingent upon the management structure being the same, which has always been fully accepted.”

It is now rumored that Porsche may be turning its attention to McLaren, headed by the marque’s former Le Mans boss Andreas Seidl, and Williams, whose Jost Capito is also well connected at Volkswagen.

But if Porsche runs out of time to do a deal before the FIA’s mid-October deadline for 2026 engine entries, F1 CEO Domenicali said the sport would cope.

“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 force in 2026,” he said at Monza.

“We have all read comments from Porsche and Red Bull, and it will be up to them to decide what to do,” Domenicali added.

“But I believe that we as F1 are currently a very inclusive platform. There are also other manufacturers sitting at the table who prefer not to come out into the open.”


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