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Ford has confirmed their intention to return to Formula 1 when the new engine regulations are introduced in 2026. The American manufacturers have been part of F1, all the way going back to the 1960s. They developed the DFV (Double Four Valve) engine in partnership with British engineering firm Cosworth, which won 155 out of 262 races between 1967 and 1985.

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Ford won its first title win with Graham Hill and Lotus in 1968 and continued its reign at the top with Michael Schumacher and Benetton in 1994. In total, Ford and its engines have won 10 constructors’ championships and 13 drivers’ championships which makes them the third most successful engine manufacturer in F1 history.

20 years after their last participation in 2004, Ford will return to the grid once again from the 2026 campaign by when the F1 will bring in future engine regulations which would feature increased electrical power and 100% sustainable fuels 

The F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali expressed excitement about the return of Ford to the grid and stated the importance of the American Manufacturer in their commitment to implement the new engine regulations. He 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.

“Ford is a global brand with an incredible heritage in racing and the automotive world and they see the huge value that our platform provides with over half a billion fans around the world. Our commitment to be Net Zero Carbon by 2030 and to introduce sustainable fuels in the F1 cars from 2026 is also an important reason for their decision to enter F1.”

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