Honda will remain in Formula 1. The Japanese manufacturer, which previously supplied Max Verstappen’s engine to Red Bull, will provide the power source for Formula 1 team Aston Martin from 2026.
Aston Martin confirms on its website that the team will enter into a factory partnership with Honda from 2026. In three years, the Japanese manufacturer will produce an engine that meets the new regulations in Formula 1. The new regulations must use more electricity and supply completely sustainable fuel.
Honda has been a partner of Red Bull and Alpha Tauri in recent years. Max Verstappen criticized the Japanese engine in the first years of the partnership. The Dutchman crashed frequently and suffered from a shaky power source, especially in 2020, but he always kept the faith. That’s why he always stayed with Red Bull, even after difficult years with Renault. It led to the world title in the last two years. From 2026, Red Bull will work with Ford.
“It is good news for Formula 1 that Honda will work with Aston Martin to supply power units from 2026,” F1 boss Stefano Domenicali said. “This is further evidence that our global platform and growth brands offer great potential, and it also shows that our plans to transition to sustainable energy by 2026 are the right way to provide the automotive world with alternative solutions to decarbonise the planet.”
Honda, which, like France’s Renault, has already pulled out of Formula 1 several times, is said to want Yuki Tsunoda to join Aston Martin if a seat becomes available. The Japanese company is also currently sponsoring its location in Alpha Tauri. The 23-year-old Japanese is in his third season in Formula 1.
Aston Martin, working with Mercedes until 2026, is doing well in Formula 1 this season. The English team is second in the constructors’ championship. This is further contributed by the experienced Fernando Alonso, who is in third place in the battle for the world championship. His teammate Lance Stroll is in eighth place.
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