It’s a momentous day for motorsport fans as American automotive giants Ford have confirmed their return to Formula 1. After 20 years of absence, the iconic brand is set to make a comeback when the new engine regulations are introduced in 2026. Ford’s involvement in F1 stretches all the way back to the 1960s, and since then they have been involved in 10 constructors’ championships and 13 drivers’ championships – making them the third most successful engine manufacturer in F1 history.
The appeal of F1’s future engine regulations – featuring increased electrical power and 100% sustainable fuels – will be the driving force behind Ford’s return. Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of F1, said: “The news today that Ford is coming to Formula 1 from 2026 is great for the sport and we are excited to see them join the incredible automotive partners already in Formula 1.” Bill Ford, Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company, commented: “This is the start of a thrilling new chapter in Ford’s motorsports story that began when my great-grandfather [Henry Ford] won a race that helped launch our company.”
Ford’s first title wins came in 1968 with Graham Hill and Lotus, and their most recent was with Michael Schumacher and Benetton in 1994. Their return to F1 is not only exciting for motorsport fans, but also for the sport itself. FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem added: “There are few manufacturers who have such a celebrated motor sport history as Ford, so to see them coming back to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is excellent news.”
Ford’s announcement follows on from Audi setting out plans to enter F1 from 2026, with the German manufacturer this week acquiring a minority stake in the Sauber operation that will become their works team. It’s an exciting time for F1 fans, and we can’t wait to see Ford grace the grid once again from the 2026 campaign.