The director of motorsport coordination at the Audi Group Allan McNish stated that, with the new engine rules, 2026 is the best opportunity for Audi to join F1.
The sport is set to make a change in its engine rules in 2026. This made Audi interested in joining F1, and the German manufacturer revealed in August that it will partner with Sauber to make its debut in the pinnacle of motorsport.
Audi will build the engines for Sauber. The new power units will have to follow a new set of regulations that focus on electric power and sustainable fuels. Not only this, but there will also be revised rules for the car’s chassis.
McNish revealed that thanks to these new rules, he felt that the time was perfect for Audi to join Formula 1.
“There’s always a point where all the stars align.
“That’s clearly the point now with the technical regulations, and it’s where the company is. And 2026 with the base regulation change, allows a good runway for preparations.
“It is definitely exciting. Everybody is buzzed about it. But at the same time, there is a lot of work to be done between now and the real buzz, which is the first race.”