Audi was rumored to be behind in preparing for an entry into Formula 1 in ’26, prompting speculation about a potential takeover by Toyota, but these rumors have since been debunked.
‣ Audi wanted to pull the plug on their entry into Formula and the story was debunked by both Audi and Alfa Romeo/Sauber
‣ There was a rumor circulating in the F1 paddock about a mid-tier team that rejected a 1.2 billion takeover bid
‣ Toyota has no plans to enter Formula 1 and will remain focused on the WEC
‣ Toyota recently captured the drivers’ title in the World Endurance Championship (WEC)
A recent persistent focus at Audi was their potential behind 2026 entry into Formula 1. It was rumored that the manufacturer would pull the plug on the project, however, this has since been debunked. According to Alfa Romeo/Sauber, Audi will soon become its factory team. Nonetheless, rumors continue to circulate.
There was a recent story circulating about a mid-tier team rejecting a 1.2 billion takeover bid, but the team and the takeover party could not be named. This story was documented by journalist Joe Saward. German media linked Audi with Toyota as they have heard that Audi wanted to drop out and would have liked to take over the estate. However, Toyota’s Dutch team director, Rob Leupen revealed that Toyota has no plans to enter Formula 1 or take over Audi. Toyota currently has its sights set on the World Endurance Championship (WEC).
As of now, Toyota has no plans to enter Formula 1, nor take over Audi. Instead, the team’s focus remains on the World Endurance Championship. The team has recently captured the drivers’ title and the constructors’ title. This is a significant distraction from the previous rumors circulating about Toyota’s potential takeover of Audi.