Ford confirms its return to Formula One with deal to partner Red Bull’s in-house engine division

Ford CONFIRMS its return to Formula 1 after signing an agreement with Red Bull’s in-house engine division – with the famous blue oval badge to make its comeback in three years!

Ford has confirmed its plans to make a comeback to Formula 1 when new engine regulations are introduced in 2026.

The return of the US auto giants means the famous Blue Oval badge will be back on the grid from the 2026 campaign, some 20 years after their last involvement in 2004.

The US automakers will partner with reigning world champion Red Bull through their in-house engine division, Red Bull Powertrains – the company set up to build future engines for Christian Horner’s team and sister team AlphaTauri.

Ford’s return comes as Formula 1 switches to fully sustainable fuel and the use of a larger electrical component from the 2026 campaign following a regulatory overhaul.

Stefano Domenicali, F1 President and CEO, said: “The news today that Ford is coming to Formula 1 from 2026 is great for the sport and we are delighted to see them join the incredible automotive partners already in Formula 1. 1 sitting.

Ford has confirmed its plans to make a Formula 1 comeback from the 2026 season

Ford Will Partner With Red Bull Powertrains, The Team'S In-House Engine Division, On Its Return To F1

Ford will work with Red Bull Powertrains, the team’s in-house engine division, upon its return to F1

“Ford is a global brand with an incredible heritage in the racing and automotive worlds and they recognize the tremendous value our platform brings with more than half a billion fans around the world.

“Our commitment to be Net Zero Carbon by 2030 and to introduce sustainable fuels into F1 cars from 2026 is also a key reason for their decision to enter F1.

“We believe our sport offers the opportunity and reach like no other and we can’t wait for the Ford logo to race across the iconic F1 circuits from 2026.”

Formula 1’s governing body formally began a process on Thursday that could see new teams entering the championship from 2025.

Ford’s return comes after they sold their Jaguar team to Red Bull for $1 in 2004. They have since concentrated on other categories, including the World Rally Championship and sports cars.

But a surge in F1’s popularity has seen Ford rekindle their interest and Ford Performance Motorsports managing director Mark Rushbrook had recently alluded to the company’s plans when he said Formula 1 was “in must be taken into consideration’.

He added: “What they have done well is to create great racing and great competition. It’s still the pinnacle and they’ve reached new audiences with things like Neflix’s Drive to Survive.”

The announcement follows a similar move by rival General Motors and its Cadillac marque to partner with Andretti Autosport, who want to become Formula 1’s 11th team.

Ford Previously Owned The Jaguar Team (Above) Before Selling It To Red Bull In 2004

Ford previously owned the Jaguar team (above) before selling it to Red Bull in 2004

Due to the US expansion of the sport, Las Vegas has been added to the schedule this year, in addition to races in Miami and Austin.

Red Bull set up their Powertrains division in Milton Keynes to deal with Honda’s ‘withdrawal’ from Formula 1 in 2021. The intention is to be self-sufficient in a few years. Nevertheless, Honda still has to supply the team with engines until the end of 2025.

The American car manufacturers have a rich history in the sport, dating all the way back to the 1960s and the DFV (Double Four Valve) engine, built in conjunction with British engineering firm Cosworth, which achieved 155 wins in 262 races between 1967 and 1985.

Ford has featured in 10 Constructors’ Championships and 13 Drivers’ Championships, making it the third most successful engine manufacturer in F1 history.

The first title wins were with Graham Hill and Lotus in 1968, the last with Michael Schumacher and Benetton in 1994.

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