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Formula One’s governing body has approved new engine regulations for 2026, a move that could further entice Volkswagen Group brands Porsche and Audi to join the category.

Volkswagen confirmed in early May that the two motorsport giants are interested in joining F1, although this is dependent on the finalization of new rules.

For example, the removal of the current Motor Generator Unit Heat (MGU-H) element was said to be a condition of the bid for the two Volkswagen Group brands.

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Overall, the rules approved Wednesday are intended to reduce costs for the sport in hopes of attracting new teams and encouraging the retention of those vying for championships.

Porsche is said to be interested in taking a 50 percent stake in Red Bull’s technology, while Audi is said to be in talks with Sauber, which heads the Alfa Romeo group.

“The regulations are intended to allow newcomers to join the sport at a competitive level,” the FIA ​​said.

The FIA ​​also said it is aiming for more sustainability in new engines or power units (PU) requirements. The new engines increase electricity consumption by up to 50 percent and use 100 percent sustainable fuel.

FIA President Mohamed Ben Sulaiman said: “The introduction of advanced PU technology in combination with sustainable fuels is in line with our aim to deliver benefits to road car users and achieve our goal of net zero carbon by 2030.”

The date for the 2023 Australian Grand Prix has been locked

Elsewhere, the Australian Grand Prix has been locked in for 2023, with the event taking place from March 30 to April 2.

Formula 1’s biggest names will be at the track from March 31 and looks set to include Melbourne-born driver Oscar Piastri, who will be racing for McLaren.

Of course, it remains to be seen whether or not Daniel Ricciardo will drive as the second Australian on the grid, and if so, with which team.

It comes after F1’s Australian GP confirmed it will remain in Melbourne until 2035, with Formula 2 and Formula 3 also competing at the weekend.

This year’s Australian GP saw more than 419,000 fans flock to Albert Park.

Thousands of Formula One fans will watch the prize-giving ceremony after the 2022 Formula One Australian Grand Prix.  (Photo by Con Cronis/AFP)
Thousands of Formula One fans will watch the prize-giving ceremony after the 2022 Formula One Australian Grand Prix. (Photo by Con Cronis/AFP)Source: AFP

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Former F1 star Ralf Schumacher “can’t imagine” Daniel Ricciardo will get another chance in the category as he faces a messy and costly exit from McLaren.

Although the news has yet to be confirmed, Ricciardo is set to be dropped by McLaren and replaced by Australian Oscar Piastri.

Piastre’s move comes after Alpine made a now infamous statement on Twitter denying claims he would drive for the French team as Fernando Alonso’s replacement in 2023.

Ricciardo faces an uncertain future in F1. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)Source: AFP

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With just over a year left to run on his deal with McLaren, Ricciardo reportedly demanded an eight-figure fee to vacate his seat early.

If the 33-year-old stays on, there could be a number of interested parties looking to secure his services for the future, including former employers Alpine (formerly Renault).

However, Schumacher thinks this season could ultimately be Ricciardo’s last if the Piastri saga bears fruit.

“And then there is the question of Daniel Ricciardo,” Schumacher said Sky Germany.

“Personally, I can’t imagine him getting another chance in Formula 1.

But I didn’t know who should take Alpine at the moment.

There is much left to play in this wild saga.

Mercedes-Benz thinks about controversy ‘every day’

There is no move from the Abu Dhabi GP for Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, who thinks “every day” about the controversial race.

Last year’s World Cup was to be decided at the Abu Dhabi GP as Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton battled for F1’s final crown.

Hamilton led most of the race, but Williams driver Nicolas Latifi crashed and brought out the safety car with a few laps to go.

Although he should have disqualified the cheerleaders and allowed Hamilton a relatively straightforward route to victory, race director Michael Massi overruled the rule and allowed the drivers behind to fend for themselves.

Verstappen, who invented hot tires, allowed Hamilton to pass a lap, which he did easily.

The lackluster finish prompted Mercedes to lodge a protest with the FIA ​​and although Massi was sacked, the result was not overturned as Verstappen emerged as world champion.

While Wolf accepts the way things ended, it still eats at him.

Wolff is constantly thinking about the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“I think about it every day,” Wolff said Motorsport.com.

But I’m at peace with Max winning the championship, because he’s the champion he deserves.

“As it turns out, I think I have values ​​around fairness and especially sporting fairness. This is what provides my fundamental love for the sport.

“And that day, that one was kicked in the legs.”

Unlike last year, there is not much drama at the World Championship level this season as Verstappen tries to win the title for the second time in a row, while Hamilton is placed sixth.

The strange inspiration behind silver is the arrow of success.

In elite sports, sometimes athletes want to pick the brains of people who have been successful in other codes.

It’s something Toto Wolff has put to good use as Mercedes boss Sir Alex Ferguson has studied how he kept Manchester United in the top flight for so long.

Under Ferguson, United won 38 trophies, making the Scot one of, if not the greatest manager of all time.

Wolff won eight constructors’ championships with Mercedes at the helm, bettered only by the late Frank Williams.

As he looks to continue the Silver Arrows’ dominance, Wolff reveals what he believes is the main reason for his insane success.

“I studied why great teams could not repeat the great cup [runs]” Wolff said. Financial TimesAnd name-checked Ferguson United.

“No sports team in any sport has ever won eight consecutive world championships, there are many reasons for that and the main one is humanity.

“Humans can be complacent. You’re not empowered the way you used to be. Maybe you’re not as ambitious.”

Likewise, Wolff explained that it was Ferguson’s United and not the ups and downs that occurred after the Scot’s retirement!

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