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Audi confirms entry into Formula 1 for the 2026 season

Nun it’s official: Audi is entering Formula 1 for the 2026 season. This was announced by Audi Board Member Markus Duesmann, Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali and Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the International Automobile Federation FIA, on Friday in Spa-Francorchamps, shortly before the Belgian Grand Prix this Sunday (3 p.m. in the morning). FAZ live ticker for Formula 1 and on Sky).

“It is truly a very special moment: We will start in Formula 1 in 2026,” said Audi boss Markus Duesmann: “Audi has officially registered as an engine supplier.” Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali was happy about “a great day for sports”.

Not a whole new team

The car manufacturer did not initially announce which racing team Audi intends to work with in Formula 1. “We haven’t decided that yet,” said Duesmann. An official Audi statement said that a corresponding decision would be communicated by the end of the year.

Building a completely new team was ruled out by Head of Audi Development, Oliver Hoffmann. It is likely that the Ingolstadt-based company will buy shares in Sauber Motorsport. The Swiss team, which has been in Formula 1 since 1993, currently operates under the Alfa Romeo name and gets its engines from Ferrari.

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