Rumors of links between Red Bull and Ford are starting to escalate ahead of the team’s car launch in New York on Friday.
Several reports are beginning to predict that the launch could become a platform to announce a future partnership between the team and the American auto giants, with Red Bull hinting at a ‘blank canvas’ for the new season via a social media post. friday.
Ford themselves have also confirmed that the push towards sustainability and the explosion in popularity of Formula 1 in America has led them to consider a return to the sport, their last involvement being in partnership with Jordan in the 2004 season. .
Following up on this, F1 business journalist Vincenzo Landino of The qualifier wrote on Twitter“The launch date for the Red Bull livery is February 3 in New York.
“I learned from some of my contacts that Ford will be sending content creators and influencers to New York on the same date. Chance?”
It might end up being a coincidence, but after Audi arrived in time for new Formula 1 powertrain regulations in 2026, FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem also hinted that more manufacturers might to be in preparation for the new era of the sport, recently telling Dakar Rally journalists: “In a short time, perhaps as early as next week, another manufacturer could sign for the 2026 engine regulations.
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But discussing a link to an entry into Formula 1 in 2026, Ford Performance boss Mark Rushbrook remained coy about the prospect of teaming up with the reigning drivers’ and constructors’ champions in the future – although that the prospect has not been entirely ruled out.
“We don’t comment on speculation, but it’s the same with all these series that exist,” he told Motorsport.com.
“It is our responsibility to study them and understand them, and then decide whether it makes sense or not.
“Sustainable fuel is definitely something we’re interested in, but we’re already doing it in other series.”
Red Bull will launch the RB19 in New York on Friday February 3, before sister team AlphaTauri do the same a week later in the Big Apple as their pre-season preparations gather pace.