Toto Wolff says Red Bull creating its own engines is a “very bold strategy”

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Toto Wolff says “Porsche/Red Bull would have been a mega entry”, and calls Red Bull’s plan to create its own engines “a very bold strategy”.

Porsche was involved in talks with Red Bull to supply the team with its engines from 2026. However, the deal didn’t materialise, as Red Bull reaffirmed its focus on its own power unit factory.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says he is disappointed not to be able to compete against a Red Bull/Porsche team.

“I think it’s a very bold strategy,” the Austrian said of Red Bull’s engine plans.

“Being self-sufficient is clearly a scenario that Red Bull have always wanted to achieve, have their own power unit, not be dependent of any other OEM.

“And here we go. That’s the strategy they have deployed. And we shall see what happens in ’26, ’27, ’28.

“Clearly, this is setting a direction, and I’m not involved in the detail whether Porsche joins in badging the engine or if Honda is going to badge the engine.

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“It’s a shame obviously, from me as a Mercedes person, it’s a shame that we can’t fight with Porsche. Porsche/Red Bull would have been a mega entry. A great brand.

“And that didn’t work out for reasons that are unknown to me. It would have been really great for F1 and all of us overall if they would have joined forces for the attractiveness of the sport.”

Wolff also added that a company like Porsche would bring a lot of value to Formula 1.

“Every large corporation, especially auto companies, not only auto companies, because Red Bull is also pretty good at that, that not only buys a racing team and invest large amounts of money into running it, but also invests even more into activation is beneficial for F1.

“And if a brand like Porsche that is known all over the world, puts their marketing dollars into activating F1, we will all be benefiting.

“And I think this is the important part,” the Austrian concluded.

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