German giants Porsche and Audi have confirmed they will join the elite of Formula 1 from 2026, Herbert Diess, CEO of parent company Volkswagen Group, has confirmed.
Diess dropped during a question and answer session that both Audi and Porsche will join the top echelon of motorsport, stating that "You just run out of arguments [not to join F1]."
The two brands, which fall under the parent company of Volkswagen, will join McLaren, Mercedes, Aston Martin, Alpine, Alfa Romeo and of course Ferrari in being the major car manufactures so far which produce road going cars on the grid in 2026.
Diess did reveal that the decision to join Formula 1 did divide opinion among the VW Group directors, but they were swayed partially due to the massive revenue it will bring in, rather than the cost.
He also states that Porsche will be cutting down in other racing categories in order to focus on F1. Porsche are very present in many motorsports categories including the Porsche Supercup and World Endurance Championship. The latter of which saw Porsche have a dominate era in gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning the race in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Audi also experienced a dominant era in the World Endurance Championship winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans an INCREDIBLE 13 times out of 15 races! But there is no such talk so far of them cutting down appearances in other racing categories.
"That's coming now, and it will also come in the direction of 2026, when the engines will be electrified to a much greater extent, including with synthetic fuels"
The decision to join Formula 1 was influenced on the new engine regulations which are set to take place from 2026, the idea of which was to encourage more brands to join the elite of motorsports.
How do you feel Audi and Porsche will get on? If you are an owner of either brand how do you feel to owning a car which is linked to Formula 1!?
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