Report: Honda tipped to pursue F1 partnership with Aston Martin

Japanese manufacturer committed to 2026 engine regulations without agreement to supply team.
  • Honda to conclude Red Bull partnership in 2025
  • Red Bull will link up with Ford from 2026
  • Aston Martin currently supplied by Mercedes

Ahead of the 2026 Formula One engine regulation change, Honda is reportedly most likely to partner on an engine project with Aston Martin, according to The Race.

Honda has supplied the Red Bull Formula One team since 2019, although stepped away from the sport in an official capacity in 2021. The Japanese manufacturer since returned to offer technical support to Red Bull’s engine programme, but this contract is set to conclude in 2025.

With Ford confirmed to be Red Bull’s technical partner from 2026 onwards, options appear slim for Honda despite the Japanese manufacturer being one of six manufacturers to sign up for the new engine regulations.

However, as reported by The Race, sources indicate that the Aston Martin team, currently supplied by Mercedes, are most likely to link up with the Tokyo-based marque.

This quick U-turn was inspired by a change of leadership at Honda, with then-chief executive Takahiro Hachigo announcing that the company would step away from the global motorsport series to focus on zero-emissions technology.

However, his replacement, Toshihiro Mibe, has decided this goal can be married with Formula One’s shift to renewable fuels.

For Aston Martin, this would see the Silverstone-based outfit essentially become a factory team, with an exclusive engine supplier and a US$276 million ‘smart factory’

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When Honda first returned to Formula One in 2015 to revisit its historically successful partnership with McLaren, it appeared to be a mistake.

A season marred by multiple engine failures, and that saw only six points finishes recorded by former world champions in Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso, set the tone for a partnership that would end in 2017.

Fast forward to today and Honda has produced an engine capable of fighting at the front of the field, which, when partnered with the aerodynamic genius of Adrian Newey, has created a truly dominant combination.

With Dan Fallows currently serving as technical director of Aston Martin, a disciple of Adrian Newey, the British team will be hoping for a similar result.

If successful, Fernando Alonso will be hoping he continues to roll back the years – he will turn 45 during the 2026 season – so he can return to the ‘GP2 engine’ he so despised during his years at McLaren.

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