‘Long process’ before Porsche Red Bull F1 deal can progress

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Porsche has been eyeing a return to F1 as an engine supplier since taking part in meetings with series bosses at the Italian Grand Prix in 2017.

He then renewed his interest last year when the worst of the fallout from the shows scandal had passed.

According to a document released earlier this week by Morocco’s Competition Council – the national government requiring applications to be subject to mandatory publication once approved – Porsche is set to buy 50% of Red Bull Technology.

It would pave the way for a powertrain partnership from 2026 and partial investment in the racing team, potentially the first sign of a contingency plan for Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

It was widely suggested that the estimated 10-year Porsche-Red Bull deal would be announced at the drinks company’s home race, the Austrian GP earlier this month.

The Moroccan document, meanwhile, contains a date of August 4 for the reconciliation to be made public.

But team boss Horner believes a “long process” still awaits, following an FIA-induced delay on exactly specifying the 2026 powertrain regulations.

Porsche and Audi’s involvement is believed to hinge on ditching the MGU-H, relying more on sustainable fuels and resetting large enough to allow them to be competitive.

Horner said: “There are some major caveats that we need to overcome first before things get closer to progression.

“It mainly focuses on what the final technical, sporting and financial regulations will be for the power unit.

“Are they going to be fair and equitable for newcomers compared to current incumbents?

“This is the first piece of the puzzle that needs to be completed.

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“It’s something I know the FIA ​​are working hard on. Hopefully in the coming weeks we’ll see that.

“At that time we can then try to have a more in-depth discussion with the guys from Porsche.

“It’s going to be a reasonably long process, I guess.

“The most basic thing is, what are these regulations for 2026, and are they attractive enough for something like a Porsche or an Audi to enter Formula 1?”

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Horner stressed the need for Porsche to adapt to the “Red Bull philosophy”, adding that it would be “absolutely fundamental in any discussion about not changing that”.

As part of matching the team’s ‘DNA’, Red Bull is seeking a longer-term commitment from Porsche.

“We’re really only at the discussion stage and there are so many caveats based on the regulations,” Horner said.
“Red Bull has demonstrated its commitment to Formula 1, its longevity in the sport.

“Everything we’re looking at is really long-term in mind. We’re not looking for a short-term solution.

“Strategically this should obviously fit into the long-term plans that Red Bull has for its Formula 1 commitment.

He also estimated that the new Red Bull Powertrains site, with the “Rindt” factory built in 55 weeks, “should start shortly” with its first engine.

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