Formula 1 is expected to welcome the new era of power units in 2026 and in the wake of that, two new suppliers seem very keen to make it to the championship; There is still no official statement on the matter, but there is no doubt that the VW Group has between eyebrows to create a two-brand program with Porsche and Audi .
Due to the statements of the protagonists, the cooperation between Red Bull and Porsche was seriously discussed during the winter. While, in the case of Audi, the story has been a bit more complicated after the alliance with McLaren finally fell through.
Gerhard Berger, who knows the situation of both brands well thanks to his work in the DTM, spoke about the current situation.
“I think they will both make it to F1,” the 62-year-old Austrian told Speedweek . “As far as I know, Porsche and Red Bull have already agreed on everything.”
“As for Audi , it is between three teams. But I see that they have a very interesting option with Sauber . Now the team is doing a great job under the Alfa Romeo name. And their boss, Frederic Vasseur , would surely be happy to open it up to them.” the door”.
Despite those words, it should be remembered that Michael Andretti already tried to negotiate with Sauber’s owners a few months ago and the deal fell through at the last minute.
Another former F1 driver, Ralf Schumacher, recently spoke about another opportunity that Audi seems to have on the table at the moment: according to him, company representatives are negotiating a possible alliance with Aston Martin.
But according to Berger , who seems to have more information for obvious reasons, this situation only has a chance to continue if Lawrence Stroll ‘s team makes progress in the coming months.
“Aston Martin left very bad feelings in the first races,” explained the director of the DTM. “In the changing conditions at Imola, they looked better. But we have to wait a bit longer to appreciate their true form. After all, Sainz didn’t finish at Imola, Riccardo went backwards etc. Under normal conditions, they would be ahead of Aston Martin”, concluded the Austrian veteran.