In 2026, Ford will partner with Red Bull in Formula One

Ford's return to Formula One signals a commitment to innovation, technology, and world-class performance.

Ford has confirmed its return to Formula One in the year 2026 as it will be joining forces with Red Bull, a world champion team. The Ford company showcased its return to Formula One sport on Friday morning during Red Bull’s launch event in New York.

It is said that the deal will show the Ford team collaborating with Red Bull's recently formed engine company, the Red Bull power trains, which is based at Milton Keynes, England, at the F1 team factory and is already making progress on a power unit to meet F1's new engine rules and regulations for the year 2026. Ford's involvement has been seen as a strategic partnership and will according to sources provide expertise in areas including battery cell and electric motor technology. Power unit control analytics and combustion engine development will also be involved.


Red Bull decided to come up with its own power unit facility in 2021 after the Honda engine supplier showed low confidence in the previous one and its short term commitment to F1 racing. AlphaTauri and Red Bull will continue putting Honda engines into use until the end of the regulation cycle in 2025. The new power unit regulations for 2026 state that F1 cars will continue to be powered by the V6 turbo hybrids, but with more electrical power and the use of synthetic fuels in the internal combustion engine.

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said positively that the news they received on that day that Ford is coming to Formula One as from 2026 made them excited, and it is also great for the sport as they want to see its capabilities and partnership. He went on to say that they are a global brand with an incredible heritage in the racing and automotive world, they see the huge value that their platform provides as it has over half a billion fans around the world.

They have a commitment to be Net Zero Carbon by 2030. They also want to introduce sustainable fuels in the F1 cars from 2026 as it is one of their important reasons of joining F1. He went on to elaborate that their sport provides the opportunity unlike other any other, and they are eager to see the Ford logo racing around the F1 circuit from 2026.

Bill Ford, the car manufacturer's executive chair, added that the Ford is returning to the most successful point of the sport and that they are bringing along their long tradition of innovation, electrification and sustainability to the world's most visible stage. The Ford deal will bold the American's manufacturer’s first involvement in F1 since it sold Jaguar team to Red Bull for an unrecorded fee in 2004.

Red Bull, who are the reigning champions, are still based or located at the same factory Ford helped to organize in 1996 as the main backer of the formerly known as Stewart Grand pix team back in the day. It is pretty clear that the Ford company has a rich history in F1, mostly through its funding of Cosworth's development of the DFV engine in the early 1980s. The Cosworth DFV remains constantly the most successful engine in Formula One history, and it powered several teams to 155 victories over 16 years. 

Following Ford's announcement, the FIA which is F1's governing body, confirmed that six engine manufacturers are lined up to power the grid under the new rules in 2026, and of course not forgetting Ted Bull's current supplier Honda. The news is shocking as Honda had initially planned to not give attention and time to F1 as it wanted to focus on all electrical technology. Word is Honda and Ford will join forces with the existing manufacturers of Ferrari, Mercedes, Alpine and the new team Audi.

Ford's return to Formula One has come back simultaneously with its ex rival General Motors, which attempts to enter its Cadillac Brand for 2026. GM has also joined hands with Andretti Autosport with hopes of coming up with an entirely new team, but its entry is dependent on how it will succeed in the formal selection process that was launched on Thursday.