McLaren, VW have talked about F1 plans, UK automaker says

WOKING, England — McLaren has talked with Volkswagen Group, whose Audi and Porsche brands have been linked to future Formula One entry, but nothing has been agreed, according to team boss Zak Brown.

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has reported that VW’s supervisory board will decide at the end of February whether both Audi and luxury brand Porsche would enter the racing series.

Sources told Reuters at the end of last year that a possible partnership between Audi and McLaren was on the table, but undecided.

“I am hearing they (Volkswagen) are going to do something with Red Bull on the Porsche front,” Brown told reporters at the McLaren factory.

“I think they have spoken with a handful of people on the grid and as you would imagine we have had conversations but in the short term and medium term we are very happy where we are.”

McLaren currently use engines provided by Mercedes and Brown said that would not change until a new engine is introduced in 2026.

Red Bull have taken over Honda’s intellectual property following the departure of the Japanese automaker at the end of last season and are setting up their own powertrain company.

The agreement with Honda covers the duration of an engine freeze, which will run from this year until the sport introduces the next generation of power units.

Brown said McLaren would wait and see whether the VW brands did decide to take the plunge.

“I think that has not been definitively decided and if they do [enter], we have a contract [with Mercedes] through this term,” he added.

“Naturally we are going to evaluate where we are and who is in the sport and take a decision on what we are going to do in 2026 in due course.”

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