Just a matter of hours after Ford announced that they would be making a return to Formula One, it has now been confirmed that they have agreed a partnership with Red Bull.
The partnership will be with Red Bull Technologies to create the new powertrain for the 2026 season when the next major rule change comes into play.
Christian Horner, Red Bull’s team principal and CEO said “It’s fantastic to be welcoming Ford back into Formula 1 through this partnership.”
“As an independent engine manufacturer to have the ability to benefit from an OEM’s experience like Ford puts us in good stead against the competition.
“They are a manufacturer rich in motoring history that spans generations. From Jim Clark to Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, the lineage speaks for itself.
“For us as Red Bull Powertrains to open the next chapter of that dynasty, as Red Bull Ford, is tremendously exciting. 2026 is still a while a way, but for us the work already starts as we look to a new future and a continued evolution of Oracle Red Bull Racing.”
Both Red Bull Racing and their sister team, Alpha Tauri, will benefit from Ford’s battery and hybrid technology.
The new partnership was unveiled during Oracle Red Bull Racing’s season launch in New York, where they showed the ‘RB19’ for the first time. The location is fitting as Ford are an American brand and it is clear that Red Bull Racing is looking to increase its fan base in the region due to the three races taking place there in 2023.