Ford Red bull F1 tie-up officially confirmed for 2026

Dietrich Mateschitz

Ford is returning to Formula 1 with Red bull as the partnership is officially confirmed.

The rumors around Ford and Red bull have now officially settled down. On Friday, Ford and Red bull officially declared the start of a new relationship in F1. Ford Motorsports sealed the deal to enter back into the pinnacle of motorsports. The team has a great history in F1 having powered 10 constructors’ championships and 13 drivers’ championships in the past.

Ford and Red bull powertrains will be starting work to develop the 2026 next-gen power unit. The power unit will serve Red Bull and its sister team AlphaTauri from 2026 to 2030.

“This is the start of a thrilling new chapter in Ford’s motorsports story that began when my great-grandfather [Henry Ford] won a race that helped launch our company,”

said Bill Ford, Executive Chairman, of Ford Motor Company.

“Ford, alongside world champions, Oracle Red Bull Racing, is returning to the pinnacle of the sport, bringing Ford’s long tradition of innovation, sustainability, and electrification to one of the world’s most visible stages.”

Both sides are experienced in handling an F1 team and engines. Currently, the Red Bull Powertrains program is going incredibly well. One can argue that the Milton Keynes-based side is self-sufficient when it comes to producing the engines. Regardless, having an experienced and known name like Ford is always beneficial for further growth.

Both sides broke this news just hours before the official launch of the 2023 car.

Horner is excited about the new partnership

Red bull team principal Chrisitan Horner expressed his gratitude and happiness on the new partnership:

Christian Horner said:

“It’s fantastic to be welcoming Ford back into Formula 1 through this partnership. As an independent engine manufacturer to have the ability to benefit from an OEM’s experience like Ford puts us in good stead against the competition.”

“They are a manufacturer rich in motoring history that spans generations. From Jim Clark to Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. The lineage speaks for itself. For us as Red Bull Powertrains to open the next chapter of that dynasty, as Red Bull Ford, is tremendously exciting.

It will be interesting to see how the deal unfolds in the new technical regulations era. Red bull had earlier talked with Porsche about the same. However, the talks couldn’t reach a definite conclusion.

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