Red Bull’s deal with Porsche would be “logical” if Volkswagen entered Formula 1, says Christian Horner

Christian Horner oversaw Max Verstappen’s 2021 F1 World Championship title. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says that Formula 1 itself will have to pay the financial penalty if it starts new teams in the future.

F1 has operated with a ten-team grid since the 2017 season, and all teams share the same pool of prize money. If an eleventh team entered the sport, this fund would be diluted and each team would receive a reduced amount.

With Andretti Autosport, the American brand owned by former McLaren F1 driver Michael Andretti, racing IndyCars and publicly declaring its willingness to enter Formula 1 on the earlier occasion last year, questions have been raised as to how realistic the prospect is is on an eleventh squad that climbs up into the top group of motorsport has been asked again and again.

There are clear benefits of continued expansion for Horner, but he believes current teams shouldn’t face an economic penalty.

“Money will ultimately be an important factor,” Horner told reporters after Red Bull driver Max Verstappen won the inaugural Miami Grand Prix.

‘I see a question, really for [F1]that of course if they want more teams they will have to dilute their share of the fund because it would be unfair to expect the other teams to indirectly pay for the additional signings.

“I think it’s great that new brands and a team like Andretti, a great name, are showing an interest, but I think it’s something that [F1 owner] freedom [Media]it’s their business model that they need to develop for the future.’

The youngest team to join Formula 1, Haas has struggled financially throughout its time in the sport and has been unable to challenge the top grid to claim victories and podiums. Andretti was linked with takeovers of both the Haas and Alfa Romeo-Sauber teams late last year but failed to reach an agreement after preliminary talks.

The Volkswagen Group will also enter Formula 1 in 2026 when its engine designs are next to change, with both its Audi and Porsche brands represented. Whether a full works team will be set up is unclear, with Audi rumored to be looking at a potential partnership or partial acquisition of McLaren, while Porsche has been heavily linked with a Red Bull engine manufacturing deal.


Red Bull appears to have the fastest car on the F1 grid this year. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Horner says both parties have held talks, but an agreement is still a long way off.

“Of course it’s great, the commitment from VW as the parent company of Porsche and Audi that both have the intention to get into Formula 1,” said Horner.

“We have just embarked on a new path as an aggregate manufacturer for 2026, so it would of course be logical for us to examine all discussions about a possible cooperation.” It is still very early.”

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