How Formula 1’s Audi coup has been realised
Formula 1 has pulled off a major coup in encouraging Audi to join the series as an engine manufacturer from the 2026 season. It speaks to the surge in popularity F1 is enjoying, with Porsche set to follow suit. Here's how F1 snared the four rings, and what comes next for the famous German marque as it sets about tackling its new challenge
Formula 1 has watched its TV and trackside audiences explode, revenues rocket and truly cracked America off the back of its Liberty Media buyout and Netflix-led popularity boom. But since the takeover and Drive to Survive first airing on 8 March 2019, the series hasn’t charmed the automotive market anything like as emphatically. In the same period, Honda even pulled out as an engine supplier and the arrival of the Alpine and Aston Martin names were rebrands of existing outfits only.
That’s now changing courtesy of the second-biggest car conglomerate in the business: the Volkswagen Group. One of the poorer kept F1 secrets has now been confirmed, with Audi leapfrogging sister marque Porsche to reveal its grand prix commitment for 2026 and beyond.
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Nyck de Vries appeared to have missed his opportunity to break into Formula 1 as he was passed over for more exciting talents who have now become frontrunners and title fighters. But after catching the eye outside of the F1 sphere, before his stunning impromptu grand prix debut in Italy, will it lead to a delayed full-time race seat?
The Singapore Grand Prix has, explains BEN EDWARDS, played an important role in Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 career. As the series returns to the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the first time in three years, he faces the latest challenge with an underperforming Mercedes car
Although Ferrari's chances of title glory in 2022 have evaporated, chairman John Elkann expects the team to have chalked up both championships by 2026. Both require drivers to play the team game and, having now become more comfortable with the F1-75, Carlos Sainz may be Ferrari's key to title glory
With Formula 1’s future engine regulations now agreed, MARK GALLAGHER wonders if they will provide a more competitive field than past attempts actually managed
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