The formal nature of the agreement
Honda will remain in Formula 1 even after 2025, and now it’s official. In fact, the Japanese driver tightened A Multi-year agreement with Aston Martin for the supply of power units In view of the organizational change scheduled for 2026. Thus, the successful partnership with Red Bull – which has so far brought the title of one constructor and two drivers – will end in two seasons, with the Anglo-Austrian team choosing to build its own engines, benefiting from Ford’s cooperation.
So Honda looked elsewhere and struck a deal with Aston Martin – the junior team currently ranked second in the world championship – who would, in turn, distance themselves from Mercedes to embrace the Golden Wing company. As indicated in the press release, Honda will improve its electric drive and battery technologies in Formula 1, with the aim of transferring them to road cars. For the Japanese house, this is the sixth team to be introduced in the top category, after Williams, McLaren, BAR, Red Bull and AlphaTauri.
Toshihiro mebeHonda’s global director, explained:One of the main reasons that prompted us to take this new challenge in F1 is the choice to become a sustainable series, in line with the goals we seek to achieve to reduce carbon emissions. The platform will also facilitate the development of our electrification technologies. We believe that the knowledge we will gain in this new challenge can be directly applied to the production of our future series of electric cars. Honda and Aston Martin share the same determination to win. Together we will try to win the title of world champion, like Aston Martin Aramco Honda.
Lawrence PicnicAston Martin F1 CEO: “I would like to welcome Honda and HRC to the Aston Martin team. We share the same drive, determination and ambition to succeed on the right track. Honda is a giant and its success in motorsports is rooted in time and impressive. I would like to thank Mibe, Watanabe and HRC for the exciting future that lies ahead of us starting in 2026.”
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