Baku, April 9, AZERTAC
The Volkswagen Group has confirmed its plans to enter brands Porsche and Audi into Formula 1 are in the "final evaluation phase", with a potential 2026 arrival hailed as "great news" by Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, according to Sky Sports.
Porsche and Audi have long been rumoured with joining F1 and a statement from Volkswagen on Thursday confirmed that they were in negotiation over partnerships.
The famous brands are expected to join as engine suppliers rather than taking over a team completely, with the new engine rules from 2026 key to their involvement.
"The management and supervisory boards of Volkswagen AG, Porsche AG and AUDI AG have confirmed plans for a possible entry into Formula 1 by the two brands," said Volkswagen. "The Audi and Porsche brands will provide details later."
The statement added: "We have not yet made a decision as we are currently in the final evaluation phase. At this point, the new regulations for 2026 and subsequent years are not yet available.
"These will set out far-reaching changes to make the sport more sustainable, which is a prerequisite for Audi's possible entry.
Audi Sport is discussing these matters directly with the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). Our decision will be announced as soon it has been made."
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