Amid a period in which Formula 1 is attracting manufacturers from around the world, Ford says that an entry in 2026 “definitely requires consideration”.
New technical regulations will arrive in three years’ time, with the engines set to undergo their biggest changes since the 2014 introduction of the turbo-hybrid units.
Audi has already signed up for the new era, taking over the Sauber Group-run team while also supplying its own Power Units out of Neuburg.
Porsche is also known to be interested in partnership an existing outfit, while there are also reports that suggest Honda, who departed F1 at the end of 2021, is looking at a return to the grid.
Ford’s automotive rival, General Motors, is aiming to enter F1 in 2026 alongside Andretti, with the US outfit currently seeking permission to establish an 11th team.
Speaking to motorsport.com, the Global Director of Ford Performance, Mark Rushbrook, admits that Ford is looking at how viable it is to join the paddock going forward.
“Formula 1 is certainly strong and growing, both in the United States and globally,” Rushbrook said.
“What they have done well is create great racing and great competition. It’s still the pinnacle, but they’ve been able to reach new audiences with things like Drive to Survive.
“As a company we go racing for innovation, tech transfer, the learning opportunity, but also for marketing reasons as well. It’s shifted for sure, and it definitely requires consideration.”
Rushbrook was asked directly about a potential 2026 entry, to which he replied: “We don’t comment on speculation, but it’s the same with all these series that are out there.
“It’s our responsibility to study them and understand them, and then make decisions on whether it makes sense or doesn’t make sense.”
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