- Ford confirmed a 2023 return to the Formula 1 grid as a sponsor with Red Bull Racing.
- The American car giant will join forces with Red Bull Racing to help fund engine development for the team starting with the new regulations in 2026.
- Red Bull Ford, will provide the power units for both the Oracle Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri teams from 2026 to at least 2030.
Ford confirmed Friday morning it will return to the Formula 1 circuit as popularity grows in the U.S. and around the world. The automaker will provide power units for both the Oracle Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri teams from 2026 to at least 2030. Ford will provide both teams with its expertise in battery cell and electric motor technology as well as power unit control software and analytics.
The official partnership will begin in 2023. Ford and Red Bull Powertrains will work together to develop the power unit that will be part of the new technical regulations, including a 350kW electric motor and a new combustion engine able to accept fully sustainable fuels, ready for the 2026 season.
“This is the start of a thrilling new chapter in Ford’s motorsports story that began when my great-grandfather won a race that helped launch our company,” said Bill Ford, executive chair. “Ford is returning to the pinnacle of the sport, bringing Ford’s long tradition of innovation, sustainability and electrification to one of the world’s most visible stages.”
The manufacturer has a rich history in the sport, and remains the third most succesful engine manufacturer. The automaker left the sport in an official capacity in 2004, when it sold the Jaguar Formula 1 team to Red Bull. “It’s fantastic to be welcoming Ford back into Formula 1 through this partnership,” said Christian Horner, Oracle Red Bull Racing Team Principal and CEO.
This is a developing story. We will add details as they become available.