Christian Horner reveals deal has fallen through due to Porsche’s demands

Red Bull Racing had been heavily linked with a future partnership with Porsche in 2026.

Red Bull Racing’s heavily rumoured 2026 partnership with German manufacturer Porsche has stalled, with the VW-owned company demanding too much from the Constructors’ leaders.

According to reports, Red Bull have asked Porsche to reduce their demands of taking a 50 percent share in the team, with the Austrians not prepared to sell that much.

VW and Porsche CEO Oliver Blume has insisted that talks are still ongoing, but time certainly looks to be running out.

The proposed plan was for Porsche to enter the sport in 2026 as a power unit supplier for Red Bull.

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Fellow VW-owned manufacturer, Audi, have already confirmed their entry as a power unit supplier in 2026, after the famous company was unveiled by F1 at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Audi are being rumoured to be considering a partnership with Sauber, with a future view of having their own team.

Red Bull and Porsche were looking all but certain to be entering a partnership in 2026, when the new engine regulations are introduced.

However, with the deal looking to have reached a sticky point, rumours have grown that Honda are considering a return to full works status from 2026.

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This would be a simpler option for Red Bull, due to the pair having worked together now for a few years.

Red Bull also have the option to power themselves when the new regulations are introduced in four years, due to the Austrian’s having their own Red Bull powertrain department.

Red Bull chief Dr Helmut Marko insists that other manufacturers are interested in powering Red Bull from 2026, almost a threat to Porsche to reduce their demands.

“There are some manufacturers, not just Germans, who are also interested in Formula 1,” Dr Helmut Marko said at Zandvoort.

“As for Porsche, Mr Blume and co are not unknown to us.”

It appears that Porsche’s current demands don’t fit into Red Bull’s “DNA”, as team principal Christian Horner explained that the team are “good” without being “backed by a corporation”.

“Anything Red Bull would consider should fit into the team’s long-term strategy,” Horner said.

“There’s still plenty of time for us.

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“Any relationship with a manufacturer or partner should suit Red Bull. It’s part of our DNA that makes us who we are that we’re not a team backed by a corporation.

“That’s one of our strengths and an absolute requirement for the future. We have a great team with great depth and we have this exciting new chapter we are starting on the powertrain side of the business. So we’re good.

“Time will tell whether we include a partner in that program or not. But as the plan now stands, we will continue on our own,” Horner added.