Honda has had a very interesting history in F1, being a pioneering works team in the 60s then the manufacturer to beat in the late 80s, up until a sad return in the mid-2010s then culminating in a return to glory just 2 years ago. Despite the brand’s recent success with Red Bull Racing, the latter decided to part ways and go with Ford for the future, leaving Honda twisting in the wind.
Honda x Aston Martin F1
That was until the ever-opportunistic and shrewd Aston Martin F1 team came knocking, and guess what? both have agreed to sign on for a partnership starting in 2026 coinciding with the new internal combustion regulations for the sport.
F1 is pushing for carbon neutrality by 2030 and 2026 will be the beginning of that journey, the new regulations will even the power split (50/50) between the electric motor and internal combustion motor. Furthermore, the teams will be required to use 100 percent sustainable fuel (probably developed by title sponsor ARAMCO).
Both brands are eager to make the partnership work and are determined to win it all come 2026 and beyond. This is a significant partnership given that this year alone has seen Aston Martin jump up the standings in terms of being competitive, while Red Bull Racing is dominating the sport using technology and engines derived from Honda.