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Audi joins F1 from 2026 season

Audi concept car. Credits: @audisport (Twitter).

Audi officially announced on Friday that they will join the championship from the 2026 season as a power unit supplier.

After months of anticipation, it was confirmed that Audi will join F1 as a PU supplier from the 2026 season when the new regulations come into force.

Audi will announce the team they will be “lining up with in 2026 by the end of this year”. Furthermore, it was revealed that the power unit will be developed in Audi Sport’s facility in Neuburg. Adam Baker will be the project’s CEO.

“I am delighted to welcome Audi to Formula 1, an iconic automotive brand, pioneer, and technological innovator. This is a major moment for our sport that highlights the huge strength we have as a global platform that continues to grow,” F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said.

“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 chairman Markus Duesmann added: “Motorsport is an integral part of Audi’s DNA. Formula 1 is both a global stage for our brand and a highly challenging development laboratory.

“The combination of high performance and competition is always a driver of innovation and technology transfer in our industry. With the new rules, now is the right time for us to get involved. After all, Formula 1 and Audi both pursue clear sustainability goals.”

Audi chief technical officer Oliver Hoffmann also commented on the announcement: “In view of the major technological leaps that the series is making towards sustainability in 2026, we can speak of a new Formula 1.

“Formula 1 is transforming, and Audi wants to actively support this journey. A close link between our Formula 1 project and AUDI AG’s technical development department will enable synergies.”

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