Red Bull and Porsche have broken off negotiations aimed at a cooperation on their power unit project for 2026, leaving Audi, for the time being, as the only brand of the Volkswagen Group that will be on the Formula 1 grid when the law comes into force. new regulations.
Despite this, Red Bull Powertrains will continue with the project to build its own engine independently, although they remain open to a future association if an opportunity arises that satisfies both parties.
Team principal Christian Horner recently went so far as to acknowledge that a collaboration with Honda could be a real possibility, particularly in battery technology.
Toto Wolff expressed his regret that Mercedes will not be able to fight Porsche, unless his compatriot from Stuttgart can find another way to enter through another team, something that at the moment seems complicated.
“I think it ‘s a very bold strategy ,” Wolff said of Red Bull’s engine project.
“Being self- sufficient is clearly a scenario that Red Bull has always wanted to achieve, to have its own power unit, not to be dependent on any other manufacturer.
“And there we go. That is the strategy that they have decided to take. And we will see what happens in 2026, 2027 and 2028.”
“Clearly that is setting a direction, and I don’t know the details of whether Porsche would join any engine projects or if Honda is also going to collaborate in some way with them,” he added.
“It’s a shame, obviously, for me as part of Mercedes, it’s a shame that we can’t fight with Porsche . The coming together of Porsche and Red Bull would have been a mega merger. A great brand.”
“But hey, the union didn’t come to an end for reasons I don’t know. It would have been really great for Formula 1 and all of us in general if they had joined forces.”
Wolff explained that a brand like Porsche could bring a lot to the category.
“It’s quite a large corporation, especially for the car companies, but not only, because Red Bull is also quite good at it, as it not only buys a racing team to invest large amounts of money in its operation, but also It also invests even more in activation, which is beneficial for F1.”
“And if a brand like Porsche, which is known all over the world, puts its marketing money into activating F1, we all benefit, and I think that’s the most important part.” highest category.
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