Yuki Tsunoda has not yet planned to switch to Aston Martin in 2026. The Japanese is delighted that Honda would like to take him on, but says it is too early to think about this.
Earlier this week, Honda announced that it will supply engines to the Aston Martin team from 2026. This completely ends the partnership with the Red Bull Racing team. Tsunoda is very happy that Honda will fully return to Formula 1. “I am very happy,” he answers during the press conference in Monaco. “As a member of the Honda family, it’s good to see them back in Formula 1. It was definitely a shame that they retired two, three years ago after a good year with Red Bull.”
“So I’d say it’s good for them,” he continues. “They love a challenge and I hope they will have another successful season with Aston Martin.” When asked if the Japanese would like to switch to Aston Martin Honda, he answers: “Well, I don’t know at the moment, to be honest. It’s too far to think. But yes, it’s two interesting teams, two manufacturers. working together. I heard it’s not the first time, so maybe they can adapt quickly. But yes, it’s good to see for sure.”
Tsunoda for Aston Martin Honda?
Following the announcement, Honda Racing Corporation chief executive Koji Watanabe said he would like to see Japanese drivers claim a seat at Aston Martin. According to him, Tsunoda is also on the list of candidates. “He comes from our school and is doing very well in Formula 1, which we are happy to see. But we still have three years, so it is too early to talk about this. We certainly hope that he is a candidate. But the team will decide,” said the CEO. .
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Although Tsunoda is pleased with his compatriot’s words, he doesn’t want to rush things. “There are still three years until 2026,” he replies. “So first of all I don’t feel much pressure because I have a lot to prove before then. But at the same time he says good things. You want to be on that list, it means that you prove your skills. At the same time, of course, Red Bull also has supported me for a long time, and I’m part of the Red Bull family, so we’ll have to see how the situation stands then, how we feel and how Red Bull feels. as a driver it’s always good to be on the team list, to be excited, to so we’ll see.”