Max Verstappen’s team-mate’s position under threat if Porsche strike Red Bull deal

VOLKSWAGEN appears set to enter F1 by 2026 with premium manufacturers Porsche and Audi anticipated to line up on the grid.

Max Verstappen's team-mate's position under threat if Porsche strike Red Bull deal

Max Verstappen could possibly be set for a brand new German team-mate if VW joins F1 (Picture: Getty)

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Max Verstappen’s future team-mate could possibly be determined as a part of Porsche and Audi’s deal to enter F1. Volkswagen chief govt Herbert Diess has made it clear the corporate needs a German driver in each the Porsche and Audi groups after they enter the game.

Though no official affirmation has been made, Porsche is anticipated to hitch forces with Crimson Bull. Volkswagen has beforehand labored alongside Crimson Bull within the World Rally Championship which implies a connection is already there.

Verstappen’s present Crimson Bull deal runs till 2028 which means a brand new driver will probably be launched whereas he’s nonetheless within the crew. Of the present crop of German expertise, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg are more likely to be retired by the point 2026 comes round.

Mick Schumacher could possibly be an choice however the Ferrari younger driver is unlikely to be allowed to go away for a rival crew. The information may doubtlessly open a door for former F1 driver Pascal Wehrlein to make a comeback or provide an opportunity for one of many many German children.

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Max Verstappen's team-mate's position under threat if Porsche strike Red Bull deal

VW boss Herbert Diess says the corporate needs a German driver in its crew (Picture: Getty)

David Schumacher, son of Ralf, is at the moment taking part in Method 3 and could possibly be an choice if his development continues. Diess mentioned the model’s choice to enter F2 has partly been led to by the brand new 2026 engine rules.

He added the brand new package deal means groups might want to construct a brand new engine which is a as soon as a decade alternative.

He mentioned: “You want 5 or 10 years to be among the many entrance runners. In different phrases, you may solely get onboard when you’ve got a significant rule change. That is coming now, and it’ll additionally come within the course of 2026, when the engines will probably be electrified to a a lot better extent, together with with artificial fuels.

“Which means you want a brand new engine improvement and also you want three or 4 years to develop a brand new engine.

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Max Verstappen's team-mate's position under threat if Porsche strike Red Bull deal

Max Verstappen has signed for Crimson Bull till 2028 (Picture: Getty)

“Which means you may resolve now to do Method 1 – or then most likely not once more for 10 years. And our two premium manufacturers assume that is the best factor to do, and are prioritising it.” Audi and Porsche have had notable success at motorsport’s highest stage.

Each producers have gained a number of Le Mans 24 Hours races and scored victories in Method E. Nonetheless, Diess mentioned each manufacturers imagine F1 was the ‘most essential lever to spice up model worth’.

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