Porsche has quietly admitted that its plans to race in Formula 1 are off. While it has officially not turned its back on F1, the Zufferhausen supercar maker’s plans are on ice.
It will focus on racing World Sportscars and the Le Mans 24 Hour, and electric Formula E.
“Motorsport will always be at the core of our brand identity and Formula 1 remains an interesting series for us,” a March 27 Porsche statement confirmed. “We remain committed to the World Endurance Championship and IMSA, and in Formula E for the coming years. We want to fight for overall victory. That’s our tradition and our main focus.”
Red Bull Porsche plans fell through
Porsche had become painfully close to a Formula 1 deal with Red Bull Racing (above) last year. Talks fell through around concerns of the race team losing its independence to the carmaker. Red Bull has since reinforced ties with its F1 power unit supplier Honda. It subsequently done a deal with Ford to brand its own power units currently under development, from 2026.
Spawned by Red Bull, it is understood that Porsche had considered another route into Formula 1 last year. Porsche sought to reap the benefits of F1’s plans to develop sustainable fuels. Speculation was rife around a Williams F1 cooperation (top). The company was also linked to US upstart Andretti Autosport around its Formula 1 plans.
Andretti has since teamed up with General Motors brand Cadillac on its F1 plans. Porsche was understood to also have briefly considered taking a stake in McLaren. Those ideas to co-develop road cars, were considered by some stretch to a Formula 1 alliance, but they too failed to get off the ground.
Porsche Motorsport boss Enzinger retired
Porsche’s Formula 1 call was by no means eased by vice-president of motorsport and the driving force behind Porsche’s F1 interest, Fritz Enzinger (above), retiring in December 2022. There has been no further communication on the matter since, while Porsche has also shifted engineers responsible for its mooted Formula 1 entry to other projects within the Group.
Although vague, the statement is understood to imply that Porsche will not make a Formula 1 move in the shorter term. The company will however continue to monitor its F1 options while continuing to race in sports cars and electric Formula E.
Porsche’s decision now means that Audi will become the Volkswagen Group’s sole representative in Grand Prix racing from 2026. The company has already taken a 25% stake in the Sauber team, which will drop its Alfa Romeo branding to become Audi’s factory operation from 2026. F1 newcomer Audi had also considered a McLaren tie-up before opting to go with Sauber.
On the other hand, Audi is flat out in its Formula 1 plans, and in the process of developing its own F1 engines. At a new facility at its Neuberg an der Donau Competence Centre in Germany.