Porsche shouldn’t partner with Red Bull Racing — FormulaNerds.com
Porsche is rumored to be teaming up with Red Bull Racing following the recent announcement of the 2026 technical regulations. However, they are expected to do so themselves.
Christian Horner on circuit representing Red Bull Racing.
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Red Bull Racing has been looking for a new engine partner for some time after failed relations with Renault (now Alpine) and Honda. When the initial announcement of the new 2026 engine specifications was made, it opened the door for Red Bull Racing to seek out new manufacturers not currently on the grid. Here, Christian Horner began discussing the desirability of a partnership between Porsche and Red Bull Racing to see Porsche re-enter the Formula 1 World Championship.
Porsche and its factory domination
Based in Stuttgart, Germany, the Porsche factory is at the center of Europe and has proven to produce championship-winning cars in the GT classes. Although Porsche has not raced in Formula 1 since 1964, its ability to design and manufacture cars is impeccable, having supplied engines in the 1980s to multiple championship victories.
With Porsche producing nearly 200 race cars every year, building two Formula 1 cars would be a great investment to expand their programs. Formula E has proven to be a good indicator of Porsche’s performance in open-wheel racing with stronger results in the 2021/2022 season. Throw in a few performance engineers and aerodynamicists from rivals, Porsche could well be on its way to becoming a Formula 1 powerhouse. equation.
1982 Porsche 935 L This is Bob Akin’s famous 1982 Le Mans car. It was one of the craziest Porsche 935s of the post-factory era, and also one of the fastest. pic.twitter.com/1aZ8rhah7S
— FRANCIS BOODTS (@FBOODTS) October 17, 2021
Relationship with Red Bull Racing
A team leader is usually strong in managing relationships with engine manufacturers. Red Bull Racing failed on this aspect. Yes, there are many reasons why engine manufacturers withdraw from a championship. However, for a team to go through two in a few years is not a good sign for business.
Red Bull Racing will seek an engine partner capable of delivering a championship-winning car in 2026. Porsche has the expertise to do so. Does Christian Horner have the ability to effectively manage this partnership to do so?
Porsche strives for excellence in everything it does and will not settle for mediocre performance. With Red Bull Racing based in Milton Keynes unlike the German team, quality results could prove difficult if the teams are not aligned on a common goal. Red Bull Racing also faces the challenge of competing in every World Championship by the start of 2026, will Porsche want to be second priority?
—Oracle Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) June 19, 2018
Not everything is negative
If Porsche joins the Red Bull Racing family, they will gain valuable industry knowledge and expertise to get into Formula 1. This could prove to be the stepping stone to joining the grid as a works team after a few years.
The reality of being a factory team
Currently it is extremely difficult for a new team to enter Formula 1, however the sporting regulations allow up to 24 cars on the grid. Only 20 at most compete each weekend in 2022. If Porsche were to invest in Formula 1, a significant sum of euros would be needed, but a significant return on investment would be available.
What is the current situation ?
The latest announcement of technical regulations this week certainly allows new engine manufacturers to consider joining the 2026 grid. Time is running out, however. While fans would love to see another team join the grid, the deadline for Porsche to notify the FIA of its intention to join is getting shorter every day.
Will Red Bull Racing be able to sustain this relationship? Or will their partnership with Porsche end in turbulence? Hope this marriage is happy.
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