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Formula 1 is currently riding the crest of a wave in terms of public interest, and reports that luxury carmaker Porsche is set to rejoin the sport.

F1 fans, both new and existing, were treated to an intense final round of the 2021 world championship when Max Verstappen piped rival Lewis Hamilton on the last lap in Abu Dhabi. Furthermore, the popularity of Netflix's Drive to Survive series has introduced a new audience to the sport in recent years.

Reports of Porsche's F1 intentions have ramped up in recent weeks and months, with speculation that a formal announcement could be made very shortly. Let's take a closer look at the rumors and bring you the latest racing news updates.

Porsche Ready To Partner With Red Bull

All the signs are now pointing towards Porsche reentering the F1 world for the 2026 season. This is largely due to new engine regulations set to come in, in part with the aim of attracting more manufacturers to the sport.

Porsche, which is owned by Volkswagen Group, has a proud history within motorsport and could become the official powertrain supplier for the Red Bull team from 2026. Discussions with the FIA are ongoing but the latest noises have been incredibly positive.

The carmaker has set a number of conditions before committing to a return to F1. Porsche is insistent that the sport remains relevant for series production and it is keen to see a greater emphasis on electrification. Other conditions include the need for a more level playing field that allows for greater competition.

The last time that we saw Porsche racing involvement in F1 was way back in 1991 when they served as an engine supplier for British racing team Footwork Arrows.

What Are the Key Parties Saying?

We have been hearing rumors of a Porsche return to F1 for several years now but in the past 12 months, the comments from key parties have been increasingly positive. 

In March 2021, the vice-president of Porsche Motorsport, Fritz Enzinger, said "it would be of great interest" should the implementation of e-fuels play a bigger role in future F1 regulations.

In November 2021, Porsche's Sporting Director, Thomas Laudenbach, admitted the company was "seriously considering" reentering F1. He admitted that the value of F1 "in terms of marketing and PR is undisputed" and said that many of the company's conditions "might be coming true", paving the way for its reentry.

As for now, Red Bull will continue to use Honda's power units until the end of the 2025 season. After that, who knows?

The Latest Porsche F1 Updates 

Porsche's F1 return would be a welcoming move for all and the signs right now are increasingly positive. We're going to be keeping a very close eye on new developments in the coming weeks.

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