Porsche had been in serious talks with Red Bull about a possible Formula 1 partnership. Although discussions reached an advanced stage, the deal eventually fell apart and the Stuttgart-based automaker was left without an F1 partner. However, the brand remains keen on joining the world’s fastest motorsport series and there has even been confirmation from the FIA.
Our partners in Motorsport.com reports that the motor racing body sent a note following yesterday’s World Motorsports Council meeting regarding the 2026 Formula 1 engine rules. The message did not include detailed information regarding Porsche’s plans to enter F1, although it confirmed there was still interest in the brand.
“At Spa-Francorchamps in August, Audi announced it was joining the FIA Formula 1 World Championship from 2026 as a power unit manufacturer. This announcement is in support of the hard work of all stakeholders to develop the regulation. We also note that Porsche is still in discussions with the Formula 1 team.”
This is really all the FIA has to say about Porsche’s plans and Motorsport.com saw Williams as the most likely new partner. There’s also Andretti as a potential new entry, which could also be linked to a deal with Porsche. America’s Andretti has been actively looking to enter Formula 1 but other teams have expressed refusal so far. However, with the entry of high-end automakers, things could change.
Porsche and Red Bull are in advanced talks that have reached the point where the automaker is seeking permission from competition authorities for the deal to be approved. However, Red Bull decided that the DNA of the two companies was very different and this could jeopardize Red Bull’s independence. Porsche, in turn, was unhappy with the end of the discussions and in September seemed to have very limited options for continuing its F1 efforts.
In early September, our sister site Motorsport.com reported that Porsche effectively wants to take a 50 percent stake in Red Bull’s F1 business. Apparently, Red Bull was not happy with such a deal and called off talks.