After months of speculation and deliberation, Audi have announced that they will enter Formula 1 from the 2026 season.
The German car manufacturer confirmed on Friday that they will become an F1 power unit supplier for the first season of a new generation of powertrains, which were confirmed by F1 earlier this month.
It is believed that Audi had been holding off on their entry decision until the 2026 power unit regulations had been confirmed.
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Audi announcement comes after approval of 2026 engine regs
Audi's confirmation that the firm would enter F1 comes after the FIA earlier this month set out the much-anticipated 2026 power unit regulations following their approval by the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC).
Existing manufacturers, prospective manufacturers and the FIA were involved in discussions over the final features of the regulations for many months.
In an update at the end of 2021, four key pillars were confirmed: retaining the 1.6-litre V6 engine; increasing electrical power; eliminating the MGU-H and introducing a power unit cost cap.
Then, in April this year, further progress was shared and further preliminary targets identified, in tandem with planned updates to the sport's aerodynamic rules.
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