Once the negotiations between Red Bullly Porsche to collaborate in the Formula 1 stopped cold turkey because of the energy drink company’s fear of losing too much control over their equipment, it was said that Ford He immediately contacted Red Bull to seek to reach an agreement.
Apparently said agreement focused on just being a sponsor related to its power units, just as Aston Martin and Tag Heuer did at the time, by lending their name to the engines, but leaving all their development and construction to Renault, which was the supplier at the time.
Ford would seek this by taking advantage of the development of Red Bull Powertrainsthe division that in theory from 2026 will build their own engines. Of course, if Honda does not fully return to them.
In an interview for Motorsport, Mark Rushbrook, head of Ford Performancesaid the growing interest in the sport from Americans makes F1 an attractive prospect for the brand.
He did not confirm as such an entry into F1, Being a sponsor or an independent, he simply limited himself to saying that it is Ford’s responsibility to analyze and study each series that could be attractive to make a decision.
Another factor of interest for Ford is the arrival of synthetic fuels from 2026, which Rushbrook describes as important, as it is something that Ford is interested in since they already use this type of fuel in other series such as the WRC. Also, even though their entire lineup is going electrified, there will be markets where some combustion models will be around much longerso being related to synthetic fuels is good for them.
Finally, he commented on how relevant it is that General Motors has shown a really great interest in entering the F1 with Cadillac. Being something that they will analyze as it evolves, but that will not necessarily make them change the plans they have at the moment.