For many months, Porsche was linked to a possible association with Red Bull, a union that made all the sense in the world for the German brand, whose clear objective was to work from the beginning with a competitive team.
The Stuttgart manufacturer became interested in Formula 1 when they announced a new regulation for power units for 2026 and, from the beginning of the talks, was present at the meetings to closely monitor the situation.
Once the rules of the future engines were confirmed, Porsche made a commitment and reached an internal agreement that gave the green light to joining the highest category as a motorcyclist from that same year, that is, 2026.
Since then, the senior positions of the German brand began to negotiate with the heads of Red Bull, one of the most competitive teams on the grid in recent seasons and which, in addition, at the end of 2021 was left without a manufacturer, going on to develop its own power units and opening the door to a possible collaboration with another partner.
That opportunity was seen by Porsche, but after months of negotiations and just at the moment when everything was taken for granted, even many expected the announcement, both parties confirmed that their talks had reached a point of no return, abandoning the possibility of a Red Bull-Porsche union.
According to the versions of both parties, the demands of those of the energy drinks did not finish convincing the Germans, who did not want to commit themselves to a team in which they were practically not going to have a say in many aspects.
Since then, nothing more has been known about Porsche , until now, that the Stuttgart manufacturer’s financial director, Lutz Meschke , has acknowledged that the brand’s intention remains to join F1 in the coming years and that they continue to work on it. .
” We are still interested in Formula 1 ,” the German said in an exclusive statement to Sport1 .
” We continue to explore other options to enter the championship. It is useless to pressure us from the outside, we take it easy. And we will not make any decision until we are completely sure that it is positive,” he added.
Contrary to what it seemed, its sister brand, Audi, confirmed several weeks ago, specifically at the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, its entry into the highest category of motorsport from 2026 as a manufacturer of units of power, completely independent of the Porsche project.
Although they have not yet announced which team they will ally with, everything seems to indicate that it will be with Sauber, a team that currently operates as Alfa Romeo, an Italian brand that, after Audi’s announcement, confirmed that it would part ways at the end of the 2023 season. the last one for which they still have a contract in force.