American automotive giants Ford have confirmed their intention to make a Method 1 comeback when new engine rules are launched in 2026, that means one other chapter will likely be added to the American organisation’s wealthy historical past within the sport.
Ford’s involvement in F1 stretches all the best way again to the Nineteen Sixties and the DFV (Double 4 Valve) engine, inbuilt partnership with British engineering agency Cosworth, which took 155 wins from 262 races between 1967 and 1985 (together with a number of variant designs).
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From their first title wins with Graham Hill and Lotus in 1968 to their most up-to-date with Michael Schumacher and Benetton in 1994, Ford have performed an element in 10 constructors’ championships and 13 drivers’ championships – making them the third most profitable engine producer in F1 historical past.
Some 20 years on from their final participation in 2004, the enchantment of F1’s future engine rules – that includes elevated electrical energy and 100% sustainable fuels – will see Ford grace the grid as soon as once more from the 2026 marketing campaign.
Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of F1, stated: “The information right this moment that Ford is coming to Method 1 from 2026 is nice for the game and we’re excited to see them be a part of the unimaginable automotive companions already in Method 1.
“Ford is a worldwide model with an unimaginable heritage in racing and the automotive world and so they see the massive worth that our platform gives with over half a billion followers all over the world.
“Our dedication to be Internet Zero Carbon by 2030 and to introduce sustainable fuels within the F1 automobiles from 2026 can also be an necessary cause for his or her choice to enter F1.
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“We consider that our sport gives the chance and attain in contrast to another and we can not look ahead to the Ford emblem to be racing spherical F1’s iconic circuits from 2026.”
Invoice Ford, Govt Chairman, Ford Motor Firm, commented: “That is the beginning of an exciting new chapter in Ford’s motorsports story that started when my great-grandfather [Henry Ford] received a race that helped launch our firm.
“Ford is returning to the top of the game, bringing Ford’s lengthy custom of innovation, sustainability and electrification to one of many world’s most seen levels.”
FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem added: “There are few producers who’ve such a celebrated motor sport historical past as Ford, so to see them coming again to the FIA Method 1 World Championship is good news.
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“It additional underlines the success of the 2026 Energy Unit Rules which have at their coronary heart a dedication to each sustainability and spectacle, and naturally having extra curiosity from the USA is necessary for the continued development of the world’s prime motor sport class.”
Ford’s announcement follows on from Audi setting out plans to enter F1 from 2026, with the German producer this week buying a minority stake within the Sauber operation that may grow to be their works staff.