FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has touted speculation there could be a possible announcement within the next week disclosing details of another new manufacturer formally signing up for the engine regulation changes coming to Formula 1 in 2026.
The introduction of an overhaul to the current power unit regulations by making the engines more affordable and road car relevant was approved last August with the ultimate intention of alluring more companies to invest in the future of the sport.
Now, Ben Sulayem has teasingly suggested there is a possibility a second team – following confirmation Audi will purchase a majority stake in the Sauber group – could already be in line to officially reveal they’ve struck an agreement with the FIA.
“In a short time, maybe as early as next week, another manufacturer could sign for the 2026 engine regulations,” Ben Sulayem recently told the German magazine, Auto Motor und Sport.
Although Audi will venture into F1 as an official constructor in 2026, there have been considerable doubts cast over their fellow Volkswagen group associate, Porsche, and their possibilities to join after talks with Red Bull collapsed late last year.
Honda is reportedly seeking a route back into F1 and could emerge as a viable option, while new Hyundai motorsport team principal, Cyril Abiteboul, has already moved to distance the South Korean automotive company from rumours linking them with a switch to the series.
The most linked entry, however, has come from the United States as Andretti have ramped up their attempts in recent weeks by joining forces with General Motors – a move that would proposedly see the Cadillac name enter the sport.
Amid substantial opposition from several current teams on the grid towards Andretti’s bid, Ben Sulayem has additionally stated that the opportunity must be there for potential new entrants – providing their applications are of a serious nature.
“We have to open the door to serious applicants. That could attract other interested parties,” the current FIA president reiterated.
“There is an effective cost cap, and we are working to make it even more effective.”