It is understood a Formula 1 team is set to abandon its works engine ahead of the 2026 season.

Four engine suppliers are currently in use by the 10 teams on the 2024 grid: Ferrari, Honda RBPT, Mercedes and Renault.

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Though the likes of Haas (Ferrari) and Williams (Mercedes) have endured difficult seasons, they are not seeking imminent change.

Instead, it is another outfit struggling near the bottom of the grid which appears ready to head in a different direction by opening talks with a rival manufacturer on potentially securing a customer deal.

Alpine exploring their options

As part of an evaluation on their F1 project, it is emerged that bosses at Alpine are considering a change as they look ahead to the introduction of new regulations in 2026.

It has been a torrid campaign so far for the French outfit, with driving duo Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon collecting just five points from the opening nine races.

With the pressure on to ensure the team doesn't lose more ground on their rivals, team boss Bruno Famin has already held talks with rival manufacturers, according to Autosport.com.

Though RBPT would be the preferred option, it is deemed unlikely that the manufacturer would be keen on supplying a third team - in addition to Red Bull and Visa Cash App RB - given the logistical difficulties.

According to Autosport, it would appear Mercedes would be the most likely option, given that they will soon have a supply deal freed up thanks to Aston Martin's impending switch to Honda in 2026.

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