Aston Martin and Williams interested in Porsche or Audi alliance

Porsche and Audi are serious in considering a Formula 1 involvement

Mercedes-powered Aston Martin and Williams expressed an interest in joining forces with Audi should the Volkswagen Group-owned brand decide to enter Formula 1 from 2026.

Volkswagen said this month that it was open to entering F1 with Porsche and Audi but did not say how it planned to do so.

Audi have been linked to McLaren while Porsche could partner Red Bull, the team of world champion Max Verstappen, while Aston Martin and Williams have also been mentioned in media speculation.

“I think for any team who has not a manufacturer on his side it’s super-appealing to have this possibility,” Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack told reporters on Saturday at Imola when asked about Audi and Porsche. “We would be lying if we say we are not interested in something like that. I would be very interested to talk.”

Williams team principal Jost Capito, a previous head of Volkswagen Motorsport, said the same would apply to his outfit if the German carmaker’s board decided to take the plunge.

The storied Grove-based team started by Sir Frank Williams has a history packed with strategic alliances with the likes of Renault and Honda that saw them through their golden era.

Earlier this year the annual round of “Volkswagen-to-F1 stories” did the rounds, normally followed by denials. But this time around it got serious when the German auto giant made favourable soundbites about a programme or two, hinting at an announcement this April, but that’s on ice it appears.

While there are no denials that the deals have hit snags, there has also been an absence of clear and believable information about where things stand now with Volkswagen and their plans.

However there is a school of thought that F1 would be better served if Porsche and/or Audi entered the sport as a works team rather than partner with an existing outfit; they have the resources, know-how and pedigree to start a project from scratch. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Additional Reporting GP247)