Sustainability has been one of the determining factors for Audi to reveal its official entry into Formula 1 from the 2026 season, since from that moment the category will integrate more sustainable engines. Weeks after its announcement, the German manufacturer has revealed specific details about its project in Madrid.
Audi does not only plan to participate, it also wants to win. On October 20 in Madrid, it presented a strategic plan to become a winning team in three seasons, i.e. in 2029, revealing that it would be “incredible” to have the talent of Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr. currently at Ferrari.
“We would love to be competitive right from the start, but we have to be realistic. We would like to be in a position to compete to win races in three years,” Adam Baker, Global Head of F1 Project Audi, told at a press conference.
The executive revealed that there are currently 130 people, but to be successful you must have talented and committed staff, therefore, they plan to make an investment that goes beyond the development of the single-seater. “To achieve success in F1 you have to have everything. We’re going to do everything we can to do that, not just in developing an engine; we’re going to invest in the whole team,” he said.
One of the questions that has arisen in the wake of Audi’s announcement and its foray into Formula 1 is to know which team will be a partner in its arrival. “In principle, we will work with a partner that already exists and we will give details before the end of the year. It is possible that the regulations will force us to supply engines to other teams, but right now we are focused on our work program,” Baker said.
Finally, he highlighted the fact that there is still time to work on the development of the car, the regulations and how to adapt to the top category of world motorsport. “We have a lot of time until our debut, we have 42 months left until our first race. Also, we are at the beginning of the 2026 regulations, so we are at the beginning of the cycle. As an entry point, 2026 is a very attractive year,” he concluded.
Written by | Ronald Ortega