Is Ford joining Up With Red Bull? Sources tell us that the American manufacturer Ford has been considering a return to Formula One in 2026 and even more surprising is that the company has been linked to a possible Red Bull tie-up.
After being unsuccessfully involved in F1 between 2002 and 2004 as part of the Jaguar team, the blue oval sold its stake. The reason for leaving the sport was directly due to the poor results they achieved. At one point, the Ford Cosworth engine has seen as the dominant power plant.
Ironically, they sold to Red Bull, who ended up dominating the sport between 2010 and 2013 and again in 2021 and 2022.
Why Would Ford Joining Up With Red Bull?
Since then, Ford and its associated companies have been unwilling to become in the sport.
With the massive increase in Formula One popularity in America, particularly due to the Miami and Las Vegas events, rumors have started to emerge that Ford is reconsidering their involvement.
The rumor is that Ford does not want to be the owner of a works team, but the desire seems to be leaning towards a sponsorship. The relationship may extend to an engine tie-up.
Christian Horner has not dismissed the possibility, particularly as their Red Bulls contract with Hinda runs out in 2025.
From 2026 Red Bull will seemingly be going alone in the engine department.
With their move to new premises, Red Bull will be one of the two teams with engine and car departments housed under one roof.
Red Bull has let it be known that they are interested in holding discussions with potential partners – either as a sponsorship or engineering deal.
The deal with Porsche seemed to be signed and sealed with Red Bull for 2026; however, that agreement was never signed due to control issues.
Do Ford And Red Bull Have Any Relationship?
Ford and Red Bull already work together in the world rally championship, so it does not take a big stretch of the imagination to see them extending this to Formula One.
Whatever form it takes, whether it is Ford or another manufacturer, an agreement will only be made if they understand that Red Bull (with Christiaan Horner) is the senior partner and have the ultimate casting vote.
Whether this would be acceptable to Ford remains to be seen – however, Red Bull has proven that it is not negotiable.
Our sources have said that Ford’s thinking is very different from Porsche’s and that they are probably looking for a branding deal and possible involvement in engine
Ford would benefit from the brand and associated marketing opportunities which would come from the relationship -particularly if the team can continue with its run of successes.
Where Is Honda In All This?
Of course, we cannot discount that Honda seems to be re-evaluating their involvement in Red Bull and that should it want to remain after 2025, it will be the strongest contender.
After previously announcing their departure from F1 (for environmental concerns), it appears that Red Bull’s success is making Honda re-evaluate this decision.
There is a while to go before decisions like this need to be made, and in the meantime, rumors will continue to fly up and down the pit wall and in the press.