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The other big news coming out this morning is that Porsche have pulled out of their proposed engine supplier partnership with Red Bull. However, the German company remains interested in entering in Formula One in some capacity. Reuters reports further: 

“The two companies have now jointly come to the conclusion that these talks will no longer be continued,” Porsche AG said in a statement.

Volkswagen’s former chief Herbert Diess said in May its Porsche and Audi brands would join Formula One, long dominated by the automaker’s German rival Mercedes-Benz .

Media reports had suggested long-standing talks between Porsche and Red Bull were stalling due to a gap between how much control the Porsche wanted and what Red Bull was prepared to give.

Red Bull principal Christian Horner ruled out a Porsche takeover last Friday and said any partnership would have to be on the Formula One team’s terms.

“The premise (of discussions) was always a partnership on eye-level, which would include the team alongside a motoring partnership. This could not be realised,” Porsche’s statement said.

It was at the Belgian Grand Prix last month that Audi confirmed its entry into Formula One from 2026, though it remains to be seen in what form it will be, whether as engine supplier or buying out a current team.  That, though, is a long way off. 

What is not a long way off is first practice. It begins at 1pm BST with Red Bull expected to be the team to beat again. Ferrari have not won here since 2019 and have generally been more competitive in qualifying than in races. Mercedes, expected to struggle here, are hampered by Lewis Hamilton starting from the back of the grid after taking his fourth power unit of the season, incurring a grid penalty. 

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