Porsche will not enter Formula 1 in 2026. The news was reported after talks failed with both Red Bull Racing and McLaren over the possible acquisition of significant stakes. While the brand maintains its interest in the pinnacle of motorsport, it is not likely then that the entrance will happen any time soon.
2026 is set to be one of the most significant years to come for Formula 1. The change in regulations will see a number of new brands approach Formula 1, granting the perfect moment to join the most important grid in the motorsport world. On one side, Audi and Ford will partner respectively with Sauber and Red Bull Racing with eyes focused on 2026.
On the other side, however, fans will not see Porsche make its F1 return any time soon. According to The Race, the brand has ended its formal evaluation of a programme and will focus on its existing involvement in other categories such as the 24 hours of Le Mans and Formula E.
The reasons behind the choice
Behind the choice would be the impossibility to form a partnership with an existing team on the grid following the collapse of negotiations with Red Bull and McLaren. Moreover, the lack of infrastructure to possibly manufacture its own engine without relying on Audi saw Porsche also pass on the opportunity to register as an engine supplier for 2026, as the FIA confirmed six companies registered (Alpine Racing, Audi, Ferrari S.p.A, Honda Racing Corporation, Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd., Red Bull Ford).
With the 2026 window passing, it is unlikely then that the Volkswagen Group will fulfil its aim with Porsche unless one of the existing teams was to be open to a significant buy-out. Hence, while the German brand maintains an interest in the pinnacle of motorsport, it is not likely then that the entrance will happen any time soon.