On Friday, February 3, the International Motorsport Federation issued an official statement in which it reported that six suppliers have registered for the new Formula 1 regulation era of the sport, which will cover the five-year period 2026-2030. The six manufacturers are Alpine Racing, Audi, Ferrari S.p.A, Honda Racing Corporation, Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd. and Red Bull Ford. From these power unit manufacturers, in the current state of things only Honda has not yet formalized agreements with teams currently present on the starting grid and therefore it will be interesting to understand where the Japanese company will be involved, after the conclusion of the solid partnership with Red Bull which has so far led to two drivers’ and one constructors’ titles and which will continue for another three championships.
But the deadline for signing the agreement is not as strict as it appears, given that hidden among the regulation folds of the 2026-2030 folder there is in fact a footnote (in point 1.1.3 of appendix 5) which reads: “The FIA also reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to accept the registration of a power unit supplier who has missed the deadline defined in article 1.1.2 of this appendix” and any application must be accompanied by “demonstration that this delay is not linked to obtaining financial or competitive advantages over other power unit manufacturers“. Therefore it is still possible for brands like Porsche, or General Motors or even Hyundai to enter the sport: on the other hand, an expanding business like that of Formula 1 cannot fail to appeal to the most famous brands in motorsport.
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