May 24, 2023

Formula 1: Honda to return as Aston Martin engine partner in 2026

Honda is to return to Formula 1 in a formal capacity in 2026 as engine partner for the Aston Martin team. Martin Whitmarsh, the group chief executive officer of Aston Martin Performance Technologies, said: "Aston Martin is building a team to win in F1. We have been recruiting the right people and investing in the required facilities and developing the right culture and processes to win. "To partner a global motorsport titan like Honda is an extremely exciting and important further step for the team. Both organisations share the same relentless ambition to succeed on track. We are very proud, honoured and grateful to put in place this partnership." What about drivers? Alonso joined McLaren in 2015 to be part of the Honda project but the team and engine company split after three uncompetitive years. Whitmarsh said: "Honda are a very great partner for us. Fernando sees that. Probably 2026 is outside his planning horizon at the moment. We have to give him a car that can consistently win races."We have made a reasonable step forward.

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