It has been widely speculated for some time, but Ford has confirmed they will be making a return to the Formula One paddock from the 2026 season.
The US car giant is expected to announce a partnership with Red Bull Racing later today, part-funding their 2026 engine. The reigning World Champions are unveiling their 2023 car at a presentation in New York shortly.
F1 boss Stefano Domenicali said that”Ford is a global brand with an incredible heritage in racing.
“The news that Ford is coming to Formula 1 from 2026 is great for the sport and we are excited to see them join the incredible automotive partners already in Formula 1.
“They see the huge value that our platform provides with over half a billion fans around the world.
“We believe that our sport provides the opportunity and reach unlike any other and we cannot wait for the Ford logo to be racing around F1’s iconic circuits from 2026.”
FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem also spoke on Ford’s decision: “There are few manufacturers who have such a celebrated motorsport history as Ford, so to see them coming back to the FIA Formula One World Championship is excellent news. It further underlines the success of the 2026 Power Unit Regulations.”
The Ford name left the sport in 2004, but they dominated the sport in the 60s and 70s, winning seven straight Driver’s Championships. They have also won ten Constructors’ Championships and 13 Drivers’ Championships, making them the third most successful engine manufacturer of all time.