In early September, the first rumors circulated that the Volkswagen Group would eventually team up with Red Bull from 2026. On Friday, the F1 world received the message that Audi and Porsche were very close to entering Formula 1. According to Ernst Knoors, a cooperation between Red Bull and the Volkswagen group would be quite logical.
Porsche and Audi are part of the Volkswagen group and Red Bull has good ties with this party. “The connection is still very good. One of the reasons they played so hard with Renault back then was that they were convinced that Porsche was going to do Formula 1.” Knoors reports in an interview with Formula1.nl.
Porsche was already planning to switch to Formula 1 in 2017. The board gave its approval and the 1.6-liter V6 engine had already been running for hours on the test bench. Red Bull expected Porsche to go through with the project, but the party ultimately fell through. Eventually Honda became Renault’s successor, as the marriage with the French could not be saved.
Does Red Bull need help?
“Due to Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal, however, a line has been drawn,” Knoors gives as reason. The engine specialist believes Red Bull will need the technical knowledge of a Porsche or an Audi if a brand new engine is introduced in 2026. In terms of experience, the Austrian team is still a long way from big brands like Mercedes or Ferrari.