Word on the beat

The latest Formula 1 news away from the grid

  • Audi has given an update in the development of its 2026 F1 power unit. It has reportedly completed race distance stints on the test bench in Audi’s facility in Neuburg, Germany, where the ‘Audi F1 Power Unit Made in Germany’ will be produced. Chief technical officer of the project Stefan Dreyer, said, “We have 22 state-of-the-art test benches. Our new development tools are state of the art and have enabled us to achieve a steep learning curve… After the successful race distances with the power unit, we will soon be doing the same with the entire drive system, which means the combination of power unit and transmission.”


Stefan Dreyer with Audi

  • At the time of writing Alpine had made a strong bid to secure the services of Carlos Sainz, previously believed to have been on the verge of signing with Williams.

Carlos Sainz headshot

  • Christian Horner, on being asked about Toto Wolff expressing an interest in recruiting Max Verstappen to Mercedes: “I think if Toto wants a Verstappen, then Jos is potentially available.” This came after Horner created difficulties for Jos’s planned run with a Red Bull RB8 in a Legends demonstration at the Austrian Grand Prix meeting. Verstappen Sr withdrew from the event and branded Horner’s actions “childish”.

Christian Horner headshot

  • At the Austrian Grand Prix Max Verstappen, left, reiterated again that he fully intends to remain at Red Bull in 2025 despite Toto Wolff’s attempts at luring him to Mercedes.

Max Verstappen headshot on Podium