It is therefore clear that the Supervisory Board has given the go-ahead for the active planning of a Formula 1 commitment by its two top brands. However, this is made dependent on the final set of rules for 2026, which should be fixed by autumn at the latest. Also means that nothing is set in stone until then.
A team will win the race, because Audi is verbally committed to top motorsport: “Our goal is to keep the world moving, in a sustainable way, with meaningful technologies,” says the press department. “The best technology transfer in our industry has always worked through high performance and competition. This is where our cars compete as top athletes. And as an ambassador for e-mobility.”
But the first argument is already programmed. The FIA intends to grant certain budget and dyno hours concessions to new entrants. The competition is alarmed and is keeping a close eye on whether Red Bull Powertrains is not gaining precisely this status and thus a potentially decisive advantage through its cooperation with Porsche.
What is already clear: Audi and Porsche want to compete with two different drives. There will be no corporate engine. It should actually come to a real duel between the group sisters. But first it’s the turn of the world association FIA: without regulations, no commitment. The wait goes on.