“Motorsport is an integral part of Audi’s DNA,” Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG Markus Duesmann said. “Formula 1 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 1 and Audi both pursue clear sustainability goals.”
The finer details of the deal have not yet been made public, however it is expected that it will enter a partnership with Sauber, who currently runs under the Alfa Romeo moniker.
New engine regulations will come into play for 2026, which was believed to be the final step for the Volkswagen Group to proceed with its push into F1.
As well as Audi, it is expected that Volkswagen will enter the 2026 campaign with Porsche, who is set to enter an agreement to power the Red Bull team.
“I am delighted to welcome Audi to Formula 1, an iconic automotive brand, pioneer and technological innovator,” said F1 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.”