Audi has finally confirmed that it’ll be joining Formula One championship from 2026, as a power unit supplier. This is during the same timeline F1 cars are supposed to switch to synthetic fuel, with the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. However, the company is yet to confirm which team it’ll be partnering with.
“I am delighted to welcome Audi to Formula 1, an iconic automotive brand, pioneer and technological innovator,” said F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali, who worked for Volkswagen for a stint starting in 2014. “This is a major moment for our sport that highlights the huge strength we have as a global platform that continues to grow.
“It is also a big recognition that our move to sustainably fuelled hybrid engines in 2026 is a future solution for the automotive sector. We are all looking forward to seeing the Audi logo on the grid and will be hearing further details from them on their plans in due course.”
Audi will start testing the power unit at its facility in Neuburg, where the infrastructure is already being set up for electric motor and battery testing. Adam Baker, who’s held several senior positions with other manufacturers in motorsports will act as the racing team’s CEO.