The scale of the challenge facing Audi's F1 assault
OPINION: Audi's arrival in Formula 1 for 2026 was confirmed on the eve of the Belgian Grand Prix. It marks the series' first new engine manufacturer of the hybrid era since Honda's difficult return with McLaren in 2015. The might of Audi will surely make it a force in F1 in time, but the scale of the task ahead of it is massive
Audi has been unexpectedly pointed in its reasoning for entering Formula 1, acting in a way most unlike the massive, grey-suited corporation that it is. In the very first paragraph of the official announcement of its new engine programme was this line: “This is the first time in more than a decade that a Formula 1 powertrain will be built in Germany.” The social media posts ran the message that the four rings will be “the new stars”. This comes as the Ingolstadt boardroom believes Mercedes can be beaten both on track and at the forecourt via the medium of grand prix racing.
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