Are Audi ‘Hiding’ Major Secret Amidst Potential 2026 F1 Entry?

Published 06/22/2022, 6:04 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 General view of the grid at the start of the race REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

F1 is attracting investors from all across the globe and the sport might very well see new entrants by 2026. The 2026 season will introduce major new regulations. And that is exactly why we won’t be seeing new teams until then. The timeline seems to be a frustrating aspect for investors, as there is huge interest from large automobile companies.

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Apart from Andretti Autosport’s public approach to entering the traveling circus, only the VW group has made their intentions known. Red Bull is the favorite to partner with Porsche as their engine supplier. Audi, on the other hand, is itching to join hands with a team as soon as possible.

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We might not see an Audi-powered constructor or an entire team managed by them before 2026. However, according to reports, Audi’s search for a team might already be over. According to an unnamed team boss, Audi has already purchased 25% shares of Sauber and 50% is more to come.

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“I don’t understand why Sauber and Audi are still hiding their collaboration,” declared the unnamed team boss before adding, “Audi secured 25 percent of the shares some time ago. And another 50 percent are to come. This is a really big sum of money.”

Sauber currently racing under the Alfa Romeo brand in F1 is not confirming anything at the moment. Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vasseur said, “For me, Williams is the favorite. They have very good relations with VW and Germany.”

Could be a case of classic misdirection, but we won’t know anything for sure until they announced the deal.

World champion Sebastian Vettel talks about the future of F1

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As it turns out, both Porsche and Audi want German drivers for their teams. But the German world champion Sebastian Vettel is not sure and does not want to think that far ahead. The German is focusing on the task at hand with Aston Martin instead of thinking about the situation in 2026.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 27, 2022 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel ahead of practice REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Knowing that the F1 grid will have a new look by 2026 because of the newfound popularity of the sport, Vettel said, “But I think it’s good news that there’s talk of new teams like Andretti and big manufacturers coming in. F1 seems to grow in popularity so who knows what the sport is going to look like in ’26.

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We have to agree with the German as the interest in the sport will only grow with its popularity.

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

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