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Ford refuses to rule out Formula 1 2026 entry

The Global Director of Ford Performance admits that the iconic American brand are 'studying' a Formula 1 entry for the 2026 season.

The boss of Ford Performance has conceded that an F1 entry "requires consideration" amid speculation that Ford are eyeing up a return to the sport. Ford are strongly linked with an F1 partnership with Red Bull, which could see the iconic name return for the 2026 season after an absence of over 20 years. The American car manufacturer last participated in F1 in 2004, the final season of the unsuccessful Jaguar entry. Prior to that, they've been one of the sport's most successful engine suppliers, achieving 176 wins, with their last one coming for Jordan at the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Global Director of Ford Performance, Mark Rushbrook, commented that Ford are still 'studying' the 2026 regulations to determine if an entry is viable. “Formula 1 is certainly strong and growing, both in the United States and globally, Rushbrook told Motorsport.com “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.” When asked specifically about a prospective 2026 entry, Rushbrook said: “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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