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Formula 1

Domenicali hails 'major moment' as Audi announce decision to join F1

Stefano Domenicali has welcomed Audi to F1, after the company announced their intention to join the sport in 2026 following months of speculation.

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F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has welcomed Audi's arrival to the sport, after the German manufacturer revealed on Friday that they would enter F1 in 2026.

After months of speculation and deliberation, Audi confirmed 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.

In response to a question from RacingNews365.com, Audi representatives Markus Duesmann and Oliver Hoffmann confirmed that the firm would not be looking to set up a new team, and would instead partner with an existing outfit, without confirming which teams they might be partnering with or supplying.

Domenicali's reaction to Audi's F1 entry plans

Reacting to the news, Domenicali said: "I am delighted to welcome Audi to Formula 1, an iconic automotive brand, pioneer and technological innovator.

"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 fueled 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."

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