A Return To Formula 1
Ford is returning to Formula 1 in 2026 after more than two decades out of the sport, thanks to a new partnership with Red Bull Racing.
Announced during the Red Bull RB19 F1 race car launch event in New York, Ford and Red Bull Powertrains have formed a strategic technical partnership as “Red Bull Ford” in order to develop a next-gen hybrid power unit for the 2026 F1 season onwards, providing powerplants for both Red Bull and AlphaTauri teams from 2026 until at least 2030. The two companies will start working together in 2023 on various areas including a new combustion engine using fully sustainable fuels, a 350kW electric motor and battery, power unit control software, and analytics.
Ford entered Formula 1 for the first time in 1967 with the DFV engine. It is still the third most successful engine manufacturer in F1 history, with 10 constructors’ championships and 13 drivers’ championships under its name. Some of the remarkable names Ford has powered include Jim Clark, Ayrton Senna, and Michael Schumacher, who won his first F1 World Championship in 1994, winning eight out of 16 races. Ford was last seen in F1 in 2004 with Jaguar Racing.
Red Bull and AlphaTauri are currently still currently in partnership with Honda and will continue to use its power units up until the contract expires at the end of 2025.
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