The Formula One World Championship has revealed that Audi is joining the competition as a power unit supplier, starting from the 2026 season
The news follows updates to power unit regulations, published earlier this month, designed specifically to attract newcomers to the sport at a competitive level.
“I am delighted to welcome Audi to Formula One, an iconic automotive brand, pioneer and technological innovator,” said F1 President and CEO, Stefano Domenicali. “This is a major moment for our sport that highlights the huge strength we have as a global platform that continues to grow.
“It is also a big recognition that our move to sustainably fuelled hybrid engines in 2026 is a future solution for the automotive sector. We are all looking forward to seeing the Audi logo on the grid and will be hearing further details from them on their plans in due course.”
The manufacturer announced its entry for 2026 at a press conference at Spa ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, with it making a decision on which team it will be lining up with in 2026 by the end of this year.
The power unit will be developed at Audi Sport’s facility in Neuburg, marking the first time in over a decade that an F1 powertrain will be built in Germany.
Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, Markus Duesmann, noted: “Motorsport is an integral part of Audi’s DNA. Formula One is both a global stage for our brand and a highly challenging development laboratory.
“The combination of high performance and competition is always a driver of innovation and technology transfer in our industry. With the new rules, now is the right time for us to get involved. After all, Formula One and Audi both pursue clear sustainability goals.”