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[F1 Feature]VAG Group will make a big push into F1

Audi has announced that it will compete in F1 for the first time in 2026, but it has not yet set the tone of what mode it will enter.

After F1 established the details of the next-generation power specifications from 2026, on the premise of being more environmentally friendly and saving money, it hoped to attract the interest of more car manufacturers, and VAG Group announced that it would invest in its Audi and Porsche in one breath. brand! In fact, it is not the first time that VAG has made such a big deal: in WEC and FE, these two automakers from the same door have a history of competing on the same stage. Finally, both entered the highest palace in the racing world, F1.

Audi has never been involved in F1. It was previously rumored that Audi would acquire McLaren to become its own team, but it was quickly denied by the latter: the same as the famous British F1 team, McLaren's operation is much better than Williams, and it also produces its own brand. The sports car on the market, the main shareholders of the group have no plans to sell, so this road does not work. Although Audi announced at the Belgian station press conference that it was racing as a power supplier, in fact, they have not given up the idea of ​​entering with their own team.

On the same day that Audi announced its participation in F1, Alfa Romeo, which is actually still operated by the Sauber team, announced that the cooperation between the two parties would end at the end of 2023, so it is very likely that Audi will replace Alfa Romeo's title for the Sauber F1 team in the future (for Sauber. , is the title a good business?), of course, the power system is also provided by Audi, which has a history: Audi CEO Markus Duesmann (the second from the right in the photo) worked as an engineer for the BMW Sauber team from 2006 to 2009.

If the situation goes like this, the gap between 2024 and 2025 will be intriguing: of course, the Audi racing engineering department may gradually enter (these two years may be the rebirth of the Sauber team name F1, or Audi may immediately take over the title), and then Audi will take over the title. Having yet to launch its own powertrain -- after all, it's directly working on the 2026 specification -- will current partner Ferrari risk the technology being stolen by Audi and keep powering the status quo? Or is there another automaker willing to take this risk? It is worth continuing to observe.

Porsche is not a new car factory in F1: the factory competed in its own team mode from 1958 to 1964, and provided engines to McLaren (OEM TAG) and Footwork Arrows teams from 1983 to 1987 and 1991 respectively. And if Audi is only competing as a power supplier and you feel that the thunder is heavy and the rain is small, then Porsche's plan may be more tricky: directly buy half of the Red Bull Technology Group (including Red Bull Racing RBR, Red Bull Power RBPT), which is Maybe you don't even need to develop the power system yourself!

Although Honda officially withdrew from F1 and only left a suspected sponsored Honda racing company HRC on the Red Bull body and team uniform, the Red Bull racing car is still powered by Honda power, although the OEM RBPT is still fully produced by Honda Shipment, and RBPT's goal is to complete the research and development of its own power system with Honda's intellectual property before 2026 - Red Bull can also be a power supplier - and their prototype V6 engine of the current specification has been fired a few days ago. .

Porsche can share the management and technical rights of Red Bull with a 50% stake. Essentially, taking the off-the-shelf powertrain of Honda and RBPT - I am afraid that the technology can be transferred to Audi - seems too cost-effective, and it is bound to reduce Red Bull The dominance of racing coordinator Helmut Marko and team leader Christian Horner caused a backlash from them and suggested that Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz reject the partnership. As a result, Porsche announced before the Italian Grand Prix that the two sides could not reach an agreement and therefore stopped negotiating .

Porsche paid the money to pick up the ready-made abacus, but it still didn't give up to enter F1. What kind of model would it be? At the very least, it will be the power supplier - this time, you have to do it yourself - after all, there will be no other car manufacturers willing to take advantage of the competition, and they will not rule out the acquisition of existing teams. Audi and Porsche have each hit a nail in the planning of seeking entry mode, but the threshold for completely self-built new teams is too high, and the existing teams are not happy to see more teams coming in to pay dividends. Let’s take a look at them in the next three years. How will it play!

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