Red Bull recently ended negotiations with Porsche on the partnership in the power unit project for 2026, leaving Audi the only Volkswagen Group brand on the grid when the new regulations come into effect.
Red Bull Powertrains will continue the project independently and will be open to a future collaboration with a third party.
Team principal Christian Horner has indicated that cooperation with Honda is a possibility, especially in the field of battery technology.
Wolff said it was a shame that Mercedes will now not be able to fight Porsche unless its fellow Stuttgart manufacturer can find another route.
“I think it’s a very bold strategy,” said Wolff of Red Bull’s engine project.
“Being self-sufficient is clearly a scenario that Red Bull has always wanted to achieve, to have its own power source and not depend on another OEM.
“And there we go. That’s the strategy they’ve deployed. And we’ll see what happens in ’26/’27/’28.
“Obviously this is a direction and I am not involved in the detail of whether Porsche will participate in the engine badge or if Honda will badge the engine.
Toto Wolff, team principal and CEO, Mercedes AMG, arrives in the paddock
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“It’s a shame, of course, from me as a Mercedes person, it’s a shame we can’t fight Porsche. Porsche-Red Bull would have been a mega entry. A great brand.
“And it didn’t work out for reasons unknown to me. It would have been really great for F1 and for all of us if they had joined forces for the attractiveness of the sport.”
Wolff added that a brand like Porsche can add value to the championship, not only for its own marketing efforts, but also for the other teams that populate the grid.
“Any big company, especially car companies, not just car companies because Red Bull is pretty good at that too, which not only buys a race team and invests large amounts of money in running it, but investing even more in activation is beneficial for F1.
“And if a brand like Porsche that is known all over the world puts its marketing dollars into activating F1, we will all benefit from it, and I think that’s the most important part.”