Last Updated: February 03, 2023, 20:03 IST
American automobile producer Ford will return to Formula One in 2026 with a link-up with world champions Red Bull reported to be on the playing cards.
Formula One issued a press release on Friday confirming Ford’s intentions, simply hours earlier than Red Bull are due to unveil their new automobile for the 2023 season. No particulars of any partnership got in the assertion.
“The information in the present day that Ford is coming to Formula 1 from 2026 is nice for the game and we’re excited to see them be a part of the unimaginable automotive companions already in Formula One,” said Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of F1.
While multiple media reports in Europe had indicated the link-up, through an engine partnership, was to be with Red Bull, the statement did not give any details about their plans.
Ford last featured in F1 in 2004 when they were partnered with Jordan and their return is a further sign of the growth of the sport in the United States.
Ford have played a part in 10 constructors’ championships and 13 drivers’ championships – making them the third most successful engine manufacturer in F1 history with their most recent success coming via Michael Schumacher’s win with Benetton in 1994.
“This is the start of a thrilling new chapter in Ford’s motorsports story that began when my great-grandfather [Henry Ford] won a race that helped launch our company,” stated Bill Ford, Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company.
“Ford is returning to the top of the game, bringing Ford’s lengthy custom of innovation, sustainability and electrification to one of many world’s most seen phases,” he added.
F1’s engine rules are changing in 2026 with a new power unit being introduced.
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