FIA opens application process for prospective Formula 1 teams

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The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has officially launched an application process which will help the association find potential teams looking to compete in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

All application entrants will undergo due diligence to ensure the prospective team has the necessary technical capabilities and resources, and the ability to generate and maintain a significant amount of funding to enable participation within the very top level of competitive motorsport. Each team’s experience and human resources will also be evaluated.

All candidates will be required to address how they might manage the sustainability challenge, in addition to outlining plans to achieve a net-zero CO2 impact by 2030. Furthermore, each prospective F1 team will also need to illustrate how they intend to achieve a positive societal impact through their participation in the sport, to help meet the mutual aims of the FIA and also Formula 1 management.

Candidates will be selected once the long-term interests of the Championship (and its stakeholders) have been evaluated. Teams must also adhere to certain regulations and governance arrangements.

The terms of the formal application process – consisting of the complete selection criteria, applicable deadlines, legal requirements and other conditions – will be sent to teams which submit a preliminary expression of interest to the motorsport association.

“The growth and appeal of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is at unprecedented levels,” explained FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem. “The FIA believes the conditions are right for interested parties, which meet the selection criteria, to express a formal interest in entering the Championship.

“For the first time ever, as part of the selection conditions, we are requesting that candidates set out how they would meet the FIA’s sustainability benchmarks and how they would make a positive societal impact through sport.

“The process is a logical extension of the positive acceptance of the FIA’s 2026 F1 Power Unit Regulations from engine manufacturers which has attracted Audi to Formula 1 and created interest among other potential entrants.”

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