If Red Bull’s current dominance on the track was not enough, Ford has now given an update ahead of their official entry into the sport in 2026, claiming that their progress has been ‘top-notch’ so far.
In what the Ford CEO has billed as a car that will be ‘at the top of the table’ on their arrival, Mercedes and Ferrari has every reason to be worried after lagging well behind the Milton Keynes-based outfit over the past two seasons.
While it is believed that a change in regulations ahead of the 2026 season will offer all teams a more even shot of competing, Ford is already focusing all its attention to ensure that Red Bull continues its dominance once the partnership formalises.
It is imperative for each team to produce a competitive power unit under the new regulations. The importance of this was stated by Max Verstappen.
“It looks like it’s going to be an ICE competition, like whoever has the strongest engine will have a big benefit,” Verstappen said.
Meanwhile, Ford CEO Jim Farley discussed how the two companies have been working together in the interim.
“I had a chance to spend a lot of time with the team in Milton Keynes and with Adrian Newey, and I think we’re on track,” Farley said.
“2026, even though it sounds like a long way away, we have a lot of work to do on the powertrain, but I’m really happy with the progress. I wish I could tell you more, but I would say we’re on track.”
Farley is delighted with the team of engineers and designers he has at his disposal.
“We have got the best frickin’ team that’s involved. I mean, we’ve got the best drivers, we’ve got the best technical support,” he said.
“We have the best of Ford around the globe to support them. But the team, the powertrain team that they’re building in Milton Keynes, is like absolutely, top-notch. We’re going first class to the very top of the podium.”
This update will certainly both Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who may have hoped that the 2026 season would be his best chance of notching an elusive eighth world championship.