From 2023 to 2024, not much will change in Formula 1. For the first time in history, the drivers who concluded the season will be the same ones starting the next. In terms of participating teams and engine providers, nothing will change either.
However, the fire – in the long term – is smoldering beneath the ashes. Teams are sharpening their weapons in preparation for 2026, a year that will mark a reset for the sport in terms of regulatory cycles.
Will Ferrari be left alone?
It’s no secret that Formula 1 involves politics, and in this sense, the intricate mosaic of current alliances cannot ignore the voting blocs formed by the Red Bull-AlphaTauri pair, the Mercedes-McLaren-Aston Martin-Williams quartet, and the Ferrari-Haas-Sauber trio. Rarely does the front of teams with the same engine break, and in this light, the isolation of Alpine – the only team using Renault power units – is not positive for the French team.
But Scuderia Ferrari risks being isolated like Alpine, starting from the 2026 Formula One championship. This was explained by the Italian daily newspaper Corriere dello Sport. The Italian media emphasized that Haas, in the event of negative results after the change of team principal, “could pass to Andretti,” that would lead to the termination of ties with Maranello, which will supply power units and rear ends to Haas until the end of 2025. The separation from Sauber is already set, as the team based in Hinwil will transform into Audi in 2026. Therefore, by that date, the Maranello team risks being isolated and losing political influence.