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Ford reportedly has its eyes on joining F1 by partnering with Red Bull.
Motorsport.com reports that Ford is exploring options to partner with Red Bull Racing in 2026. The potential partnership would largely revolve around branding, financial backing and technical support. Ford would not be building a hybrid V6 power unit for the 2026 F1 regulations. Red Bull is committed to building its own power unit regardless of if the team enters any agreement with a manufacturer.
Team Principal Christian Horner said to Motorsport.com earlier this year:
In the wake of Honda’s withdrawal, Red Bull created Red Bull Powertrains to develop a power unit for 2026. The team also negotiated the exclusive power unit distribution rights from Honda so Red Bull and AlphaTauri could continue with the same engines until the rules change. And yes, Ferrari is the only other team with its power unit development facilities on-site. Mercedes, Alpine and soon Audi all base their racing team proper and engine development at two different locations.“We are fully focused on a Red Bull power unit, and if there was a like-minded partner that could contribute something to the project, then of course you would have to absolutely consider that. But it’s not a prerequisite.
We will be the only team other than Ferrari to have engine and chassis all on one campus under one roof. We believe that for the long-term competitiveness of the team, it is absolutely the right thing to be doing. And of course, there are other opportunities it presents as well.”
Ford can seemingly offer what Porsche couldn’t: autonomy. In the World Rally Championship, Ford lets M-Sport independently represent the automaker albeit with minimal support. Obviously, the Ford-Cosworth DFV is the ideal example of the partnership that Red Bull would want.