Negotiations for an entry into F1 2026 have apparently failed. According to F1-Insider, Red Bull motorsport adviser Helmut Marko said ‘Porsche will not be our shareholder’, suggesting a series of talks over acquiring the stake have ended in an impasse .
A no-purse deal is also possible, but reports suggest talks between the 2021 Formula 1 Drivers’ Champion team and the German sports car manufacturer are over for the time being. This came shortly after Audi, which is also owned by Volkswagen, announced its participation in the race.
A reversal of the near realization, the rupture
The pair originally agreed to officially announce their partnership at the weekend of Red Bull’s home race, the Austrian F1 Grand Prix. However, it was postponed due to the delay in the official approval of the F1 2026 power unit regulations.
The realization of “Red Bull Porsche” was imminent, as it was said that the press release was ready. I had applied for a trademark in anticipation of my participation in the war “Finallycan disappear into the darkness without ever seeing the light of day. What happened next ?
On the one hand, there is speculation that the partnership was initially planned on an equal footing, but then Porsche wanted to buy a stake.
A Moroccan Competition Council document released in July revealed that Porsche had acquired Red Bull’s F1 operating company.Plan to acquire 50% of the capitalIt is clear that they are settling, but if that happens, Porsche will naturally send an officer.
Red Bull is a racing team created by Marco, Christian Horner and Adrian Newey, and has its own culture and pride. It’s hard to imagine that these lazy people who don’t work for money would agree to let strangers speak.
It seems that the longer the negotiations dragged on and the more detailed they were, the more suspicious Marco and Horner became.
Curiously, rumors reignited that Honda was looking to return to F1 in 2026, just before reports that negotiations had reached an impasse.
Red Bull bosses have emphasized their own engine-building plans, but they’ve shared the success and are still working togetherRed Bull’s internal support for the Japanese engine manufacturer is highIt is said that
McLaren as an alternative?
However, that doesn’t seem to mean Porsche’s stake plan is going away.
Porsche still hopes to enter the premier class from 2026, with McLaren potentially emerging as an option.
Andreas Seidl of Passa, Germany, who is the British Walking team manager, was the person who ran Porsche’s WEC World Endurance Championship programme.
After winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the third time in a row, as well as the treble of drivers’ and constructors’ titles, he joined McLaren in 2019. They say there are still some thick pipes.
However, McLaren has a habit of breaking off negotiations with Audi.
Audi had negotiated with McLaren through Gerhard Berger, a former F1 driver who was also involved in BMW’s participation in F1, but talks were unsuccessful.
Moreover, McLaren is not a team that meets Porsche’s conditions for participation. Unlike Audi, Porsche has no intention of developing a power unit from scratch, which is why Red Bull is said to have been singled out. McLaren does not have the infrastructure or know-how to develop and manufacture engines.
How will Porsche prepare for the initial public offering (IPO) on the Frankfurt market, which should be announced as early as this month?