F1 news: Adam Baker: Audi's Formula 1 engine development is already underway

German motor-vehicle manufacturer Audi has started developing its Formula 1 power unit, according to project manager Adam Baker.

Baker added that Audi had targeted the 2026 F1 season onwards to coincide with the engine rules change as when they would become an official power unit supplier.

During an event in Madrid recently, Audi Formula Racing CEO Baker confirmed they would be announcing a team collaboration/partnership this year.

"We have already begun to develop the power unit in our Neuburg facilities," Baker said.

"The FIA is still working on the technical rules for the chassis, they will be published perhaps in 2024, but the first step will be the engine. We will then work with our partner team to develop the car.

"Test in 2025, I imagine that in the middle of the year and possibly in Spain, which is a suitable place for these tests, and the first race in 2026.

"We will be the only manufacturer with its base of operations in the country," Baker added.

"We have 42 months until the first race and we are in a good position, but it is a huge challenge."

On Wednesday, the FIA confirmed that Porsche is still talking with teams about entering Formula 1 despite initial discussions breaking down with Red Bull in September.

"At Spa-Francorchamps in August, Audi announced it was joining the FIA Formula One World Championship from 2026 as a power unit manufacturer," FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem said in a statement after a meeting of its World Motor Sport Council in London.

"This announcement was an endorsement of the hard work by all stakeholders to develop those (new power unit) regulations. We also note that Porsche are still in discussions with Formula 1 teams," he added.

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