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Ford entry 'underlines success' of 2026 power unit regulations

FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem believes Ford's return to Formula 1 outlines the early success of the power unit regulations set to be introduced in 2026.

FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem believes Ford's return to Formula 1 after over 20 years "underlines the success" of the 2026 power unit regulations. The US car-maker has announced its intention to join the grid in 2026, which is when the new power unit regulations will be introduced. One of the key areas outlined by Ford is the push for sustainability, which will see F1 power units increase the deployment of electrical power up to 50% and utilise 100% sustainable fuel.

Ben Sulayem: More interest from US important for F1 growth

President Ben Sulayem says the increased interest from the US - alongside the sustainability commitments - is important for the growth of F1 in these markets. "There are few manufacturers who have such a celebrated motor sport history as Ford, so to see them coming back to the FIA Formula One World Championship is excellent news," he said. "It further underlines the success of the 2026 Power Unit Regulations that have at their heart a commitment to both sustainability and spectacle, and of course having more interest from the United States is important for the continued growth of the world’s top motor sport category." Further details regarding the nature of the Ford's return will be announced later today, however it is widely speculated that they will link with Red Bull as an engine partner.

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