Audi to enter Formula 1 in 2026 – but partner team remains a mystery

Audi have confirmed that they will enter Formula 1 in 2026, but have not yet revealed with which team they will be working. 

A tie-up with Sauber has been heavily rumoured after initial talks with McLaren broke down. But Markus Duesmann, chairman of the Audi board, would not confirm a takeover of the Swiss team in a press conference at Spa on Friday morning ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.

“We haven’t decided on a team,” Duesmann said. “We will [announce] that within this year. And depending on the team it will be a different engagement from our side. We will inform you as soon as possible.”

Volkswagen had already confirmed earlier this year that two of their brands – Audi and Porsche – would be entering F1. And Audi have now become the first of the two manufacturers to confirm their plans, with Duesmann saying the new technical regulations for 2026, which feature an increased electrical component in engines and fully sustainable fuels, were the key factor.

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