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F1 | Mercedes eager for 2026 regulations to be finalised amid possible delay

The 2026 engine regulations could be delayed as Toto Wolff urges the FIA to finalise the rules quickly.

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F1 |  Mercedes eager for 2026 regulations to be finalised amid possible delay
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Mercedes are urging the FIA to finalise the 2026 engine regulations quickly amid speculation that the plans could be delayed beyond the summer.

The new rules were initially organised to be set in stone by a World Motor Sport Council vote on June 29 with both Porsche and Audi confirming their entries for 2026 around the Austrian Grand Prix.

There has not been any official confirmation of the possible timeline for settling the rules, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is eager to have the rules confirmed but understands why there is a possible delay.

“We are very keen that the regulations are indeed being signed off because we want to just get on with the job,” he said, when asked by Motorsport.com about suggestions of a delay from the original June plan.

“But they also need to get done in the right way. And I have sympathy for the FIA to get it right.

“I think it's not easy with all the incumbents and the new power unit suppliers to really get to a point that we're having detailed regulations that are ready to be signed.

“But I hope that it's not dragging out too long. I hope we can do this over the summer so we can start the autumn season with the engine regulations in place.”

He added: “I would hope that in September, we're having regulations. If everybody works in the same direction, then that would be good.”

“I'm not sure it will be delayed,” explained Binotto. “We have not received at the moment any information on the fact that the vote will be delayed.

“There is a council by the end of June, and there will be an F1 Commission in Austria. So let's move step by step.”

As the Austrian anticipates a delay Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto, who sits on the WMSC thinks the situation could still follow it’s original timeframe.

“I'm not sure it will be delayed,” explained Binotto. “We have not received at the moment any information on the fact that the vote will be delayed.

“There is a council by the end of June, and there will be an F1 Commission in Austria. So let's move step by step.”

Porsche is expected to link up with Red Bull in 2026 as Audi are looking to join forces with Sauber which currently runs under the Alfa Romeo name.

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