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Audi will enter Formula 1 from 2026 Audi will enter Formula 1 from 2026

The announcement of Audi’s entry was made on the eve of the Belgian Grand Prix at a press conference attended by Mohammed Ben Sulayem, Stefano Domenicali, and Audi chairman Markus Duesmann. Audi has announced their entry into Formula One as a power unit supplier beginning in 2026. Audi will enter the Formula One world championship as a power unit supplier beginning with the 2026 season. The power unit for the automaker will be built in Neuberg, Germany, and will be ready by 2026, when new engine regulations go into effect, making it possible and appealing for newcomers to enter the sport. Audi’s announcement comes on the eve of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix at the iconic Spa circuit, with confirmation coming during a press conference attended by FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem, F1 chief Stefano Domenicali, and Audi chairman Markus Duesmann on Friday morning. Audi also stated that they will make a decision on which team they will partner with “by the end of this year,” amid widespread speculation that the manufacturer is in talks with the Swiss-based Sauber Group, which currently competes under the Alfa Romeo moniker. The Volkswagen Group’s big F1 plans had been in the news for a while, but finally the new power unit regulations were approved, giving Audi a clear run at announcing their entry. “I am delighted to welcome Audi to Formula 1, an iconic automotive brand, pioneer, and technological innovator,” said F1 president and CEO Domenicali. This is a watershed moment for our sport, highlighting our enormous strength as a global platform that continues to grow.”

F1 chief Stefano Domenicali confirmed the news at a press conference in Belgium (

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The power units from 2026 onwards will retain the current V6 internal combustion engine architecture, but will also include more electrical power and 100% sustainable fuels – two major factors in Audi’s decision to join F1. “It is also a big recognition that our move to sustainably fuelled hybrid engines in 2026 is a future solution for the automotive sector,” Domenicali continued. We are all looking forward to seeing the Audi logo on the grid and will learn more about their plans in due course.” Meanwhile, Audi chairman Duesmann added: “Formula 1 is both a global stage for our brand and a highly challenging development laboratory. ” The combination of high performance and competition is always a driver of innovation and technology transfer in our industry. With the new rules, now is the right time for us to get involved.” Adam Baker, a former employee of F1’s governing body and a motorsport veteran, will oversee Audi’s new project. Read More
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