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Aston Martin F1 and Honda announce a works partnership beginning with the 2026 season

Honda energy models have powered Max Verstappen to two-straight Drivers’ championships, and Crimson Bull to the Constructors’ title final season. However the contract between Honda and Crimson Bull is about to run out after the 2025 season, and Crimson Bull will enter the 2026 marketing campaign in a brand new partnership with Ford.

Nevertheless, that doesn’t imply that Honda can be absent from the F1 world.

Honda and Aston Martin have introduced a works partnership, underneath which the producer will provide energy models to the Silverstone-based F1 group beginning in 2026.

Following Honda’s withdrawal from the F1 grid — which opened the door for the Ford-Crimson Bull partnership — the Japanese producer expressed their curiosity to stay on the grid when the brand new rules go into impact for the 2026 marketing campaign. Following that expression of curiosity, Honda was linked with just a few completely different groups, together with Williams and McLaren.

Honda and McLaren had labored collectively up to now, in the course of the 2015-2017 seasons, and whereas that relationship soured over reliability points, there was a thought that the 2 organizations would be capable of come collectively on a brand new energy unit beginning in 2026, permitting McLaren to shift away from counting on Mercedes for his or her energy models.

Within the announcement, Aston Martin said that Honda “[w]unwell provide energy models to the group from the 2026 season, that are compliant with the brand new F1 energy unit rules that may come into power that yr. The brand new rules will see a big enhance within the deployment {of electrical} energy and the usage of 100 per cent sustainable gasoline equipped by AMF1 Crew strategic accomplice Aramco.”

Lawrence Stroll, the Proprietor and Government Chairman of Aston Martin F1, welcomed the partnership. “I wish to welcome Honda and Honda Racing Company (HRC) to the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formulation One® Crew. We share a mutual drive, dedication, and relentless ambition to succeed on observe,” stated Stroll. “Honda is a world titan and its success in motorsport is longstanding and extremely spectacular. I wish to thank Mr. Mibe and Mr. Watanabe, and the entire group at HRC as we embark on this thrilling future collectively from 2026.”

For Honda, the F1’s purpose of vitality sustainability was an enormous draw of their return to the grid. “One of many key causes for our determination to take up the brand new problem in F1 is that the world’s pinnacle type of racing is striving to change into a sustainable racing sequence, which is in keeping with the route Honda is aiming towards carbon neutrality, and it’ll change into a platform which can facilitate the event of our electrification applied sciences,” stated Honda International CEO Toshihiro Mibe.

“Honda is an organization that has a historical past of rising by taking up challenges and successful world-class races. With the brand new 2026 rules, the important thing for successful can be a compact, light-weight, and high-power electrical motor with a high-performance battery able to dealing with excessive and swift energy output, in addition to the vitality administration expertise,” added Mibe. “We imagine that the applied sciences and know-how gained from this new problem can doubtlessly be utilized on to our future mass manufacturing electrical autos, comparable to an electrical flagship sports activities mannequin, and electrification applied sciences in varied areas, together with eVTOL which is at the moment underneath analysis and growth.”

The announcement comes as Aston Martin, who at the moment depends on Mercedes because the provider of their energy models for the AMR23, is having fun with a shocking begin to the 2023 F1 season. Veteran driver Fernando Alonso has completed third in 4 of the 5 races this season, and his success has pushed the group to second within the Constructors’ Standings, behind solely Crimson Bull.

Whereas the group is dreaming of lofty success within the current, Mibe shares that very same imaginative and prescient for the long run.

“Honda and our new accomplice, the Aston Martin F1 Crew, share the identical honest angle and dedication to win, so beginning with the 2026 season, we’ll work collectively and attempt for the Championship title as Aston Martin Aramco Honda,” added Mibe.

Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of F1, welcomed the partnership and pointed to F1’s transfer in the direction of sustainable fuels. “It’s nice information for Formulation One which Honda will accomplice with Aston Martin to produce energy models from 2026. That is additional proof that our international platform and progress offers manufacturers with large potential, and it additionally reveals that our plans to maneuver to sustainable fuels in 2026 is the appropriate method to supply the automotive world different options to decarbonise the planet,” stated Domenicali. “We will all see the unimaginable dedication Aston Martin has made to our sport and we are able to’t wait to see the thrilling partnership in motion, and I wish to congratulate each events on this thrilling information.”

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