Porsche’s entry into Formula 1 has been all but confirmed after it was spotted that they have trademarked the term “F1inally.”
It has long been rumoured that the German brand will join the grid at some point in the future and those rumours have become far more concrete in recent times.
It’s now widely believed that they’ll enter the sport in some form when new engine regulations are introduced in 2026.
Specifically, they’re expected to form a partnership with Red Bull, supplying the team with their own power units.
Leaked documents have revealed that they’re set to buy 50% of the team as part of such a partnership, and now even more proof has been spotted that they’re joining the world of F1.
Carbuzz.com have reported that a recent trademark filing at the German Patent Office shows that Porsche have filed a trademark for the terms “F1inally.”
The claims specifically relate to starting a business, merchandising matters and scientific and technological services.
This lines up with the belief that they’ll be Red Bull’s engine supplier from 2026 onwards, and it now seems only a matter of time before it’s officially announced.
Such an announcement was expected at this year’s Austrian Grand Prix but was apparently postponed as the 2026 engine regulations hadn’t yet been finalised and confirmed.
Since then though, Red Bull have announced that they have extended their partnership with Honda – who currently help them manufacture their own engines for themselves and AlphaTauri – until 2025 but no further, effectively confirming Porsche will come in in 2026.
The reason they’ll be joining then is that from that point onwards, all F1 cars will have to run on entirely synthetic fuels. This is an area the German brand have long been interested in.
They may well not be the only member of the Volkswagen to enter the fray that year with it also being heavily rumoured that Audi will be doing so too.
In what capacity is still uncertain though, with partnerships with McLaren and Sauber, currently known as Alfa Romeo, being spoken about as possibilities.