Ford will remain committed to WRC despite F1 return

The director of Ford Performance, Mark Rushbrook, assures that the American car brand will continue its partnership with M-Sport in World Rally Championship amid F1 return.

Red Bull Racing and Alpha Tauri announced today that Ford will supply them with engines in Formula1 from 2026 which means these teams will stop using Honda engines in their cars. The blue oval supports M-Sport in World Rally Championship since Sebastien Ogier joined the team in 2017, but they did not help them to develop the Fiesta. However, Ford involved even more in developing the Puma when WRC entered to hybrid era one year ago. 

"What I can say is, our motorsports plan based upon this, this F1 return was an independent decision", Rushbrook said when he was asked about Ford's future involvement in WRC.

"We are very committed to motorsports globally. We have changed our strategy in terms of focus on Mustang in all different levels of racing around the world and off-road racing with the Bronco, Ranger, and we include the Puma as a Rally1 and the full pyramid of Fiestas underneath it as part of our off-road strategy.

"And now Formula 1, which gives us maybe the most global reach out of all of those, and even more electrification, which is now the fourth pillar.

"We have those four pillars as part of our motorsport cycle plan and we have no intent to change any of the current programmes that we have".


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