Porsche CEO denies claim after Red Bull talks collapse

Porsche had previously looked set to partner with Red Bull ahead of the 2026 season.

It looked inevitable that Red Bull would join forces with Red Bull in the near future, as both parties expressed their interest in making a deal work between the two.

In the end Porsche’s sister brand Audi announced that it would be completing a takeover of Sauber ahead of the major powertrain regulation changes in 2026, leaving Porsche’s Red Bull collaboration looking unlikely.

Red Bull chief advisor Helmut Marko has recently confirmed that talks with the German car manufacturer are dead in the water, but with Red Bull early into their journey as independent powertrain producers, Marko has claimed that his team are not concerned.

After the breakdown in talks with Red Bull, Porsche’s sports boss Thomas Laudenbach has been quick to rubbish suggestions that the F1 dream is over for the company.

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“The fact that the cooperation with Red Bull didn’t work out doesn’t mean Formula 1 isn’t interesting to Porsche anymore,” explained Laudenbach.

“What is important is that it fits. If that’s not the case, it’s better to not do it at all. But in any case, Formula 1 is very attractive now.

“That is why we have just extended our contract for the Porsche Supercup as a one-make series in the context of Formula 1 for eight more years.”

The future of Red Bull is up in the air following the tragic passing of team owner Dietrich Mateschitz earlier this year.

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Helmut Marko has claimed that Red Bull will not be leaving Formula 1 anytime soon after the loss of Mateschitz, claiming that for now, the team have a lot more that they want to achieve in the sport before they consider exploring different avenues.

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The energy drink giants will be concerned about their immediate future after Toto Wolff recently claimed that a major change behind the scenes can lead to teams falling behind their rivals, just like Ferrari have experienced over the last decade.

The loss of the team owner combined with the cost cap breach penalty that will be in effect next year will leave the team facing the monumental task of defending their titles with one hand tied behind their back, amidst an internal restructure.

Porsche have hinted that they are already in talks with other F1 teams over a potential partnership, with some fans suggesting that AlphaTauri might become a realistic target after the Red Bull restructure.