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Why Audi and Porsche won't share an F1 engine programme

With Audi confirming they will enter F1 in 2026, and Porsche rumoured to be doing likewise, why will the two VW-owned brands not share a power unit programme?

Audi have dismissed claims that they and Porsche will be sharing a Formula 1 power unit programme in 2026. After months of speculation, it was announced on Friday that Audi would enter F1 as an engine supplier. Both Audi and Porsche brands are owned by the Volkswagen Group, and both had been heavily linked with a move into F1 in 2026 to coincide with the sport's new power unit regulations. Outgoing VW Group CEO Herbert Diess had announced in May that the VW board had approved an entry into F1 for both Audi and Porsche. But while Audi and Porsche share components between their respective road car divisions, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann said that there would be no pooling of F1 resources between the two brands. "In this case, we will have completely separate operations," Duesmann said in response to a question from RacingNews365.com . "[Audi] will have our operations in Germany, and if Porsche enters, they will have their operations in the UK, completely separate."

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Audi revealed that their power unit will be developed at Audi Sport's facility in Neuburg, near Ingolstadt, under the leadership of Adam Baker, who joined Audi in 2021 after a three-year stint as the FIA's Safety Director. Audi have not disclosed which team they would look to partner with, but the firm have been heavily linked with Sauber, who currently compete as Alfa Romeo. Prior to joining Audi, Duesmann was Head of Development at Sauber between 2007 and 2009, when the Swiss outfit were partnered with BMW. With headquarters in Hinwil, Sauber are also the closest F1 team to Audi Sport's Neuburg facility, some 400km away. Though Porsche are yet to make any announcement regarding their plans to enter F1, the firm has been linked to Milton Keynes-based Red Bull Racing, which would coincide with their power units being developed in the UK.

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