Formula One has announced that Porsche’s support series will remain on the F1 calendar until at least 2030, after the two parties signed an eight-year extension of their collaboration.
The support series has been a constant fixture on the F1 calendar since it first appeared in 1993, and the extension means the series will have supported F1 weekends for almost four decades.
The 2023 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season will form part of eight European Formula 1 weekends, with the 31st Supercup season kicking off in May as a support to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix with the finale taking place at the Italian Grand Prix in September. Additionally, individual rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia also continue as part of the Formula 1 support programme.
For the 2023 season, the international one-make cup contest will see 28 permanent spots available for registered competitors, racing with the 375 kW (510 PS) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup machine. Depending on the capacity of the racetracks, additional guest drivers may also enrol.
“For more than 30 years Porsche has been an important part of the Formula 1 weekend. I’m looking forward to continuing our long-standing relationship which delivers something special for our fans across our European season and beyond,” said Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of F1.
“It is yet another sign of our growth and influence as a platform that major brands want to continue to expand their relationships with us and the potential that is there for all our partners.”
Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President Porsche Motorsport, said: “The Porsche Supercup has been a regular fixture on selected Formula 1 weekends since 1993. And this isn’t about to change: both parties have agreed to an eight-years contract extension.
“This underlines the great level of trust that Formula 1 has put in our concept and our team, as much today as for the last 30 years.”
Michael Dreiser, Sales Director Porsche Motorsport, added: “Formula 1 is the ideal platform for drivers and teams in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup to demonstrate their prowess at the highest international level. The best from Porsche’s national one-make cups come together in the Supercup.
“I’m also proud of the fact that the respective national Porsche Carrera Cups will continue as part of the support programme at several Formula 1 events outside Europe in the future. We will also maintain our presence in North America and even further expand our involvement.”