Aston Martin will use Honda engines from 2026 | Sports

Drivers Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll with the Aston Martin AMR23 Formula 1 car for the 2023 season.
Drivers Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll with the Aston Martin AMR23 Formula 1 car for the 2023 season.– (AFP)

In its purpose of putting all the means necessary to win its first Formula 1 title, Aston Martin is taking all the steps that mark the canons. After revitalizing the technical division of his organization with renowned and widely contrasted additions such as Dan Fallows, from Red Bull, and Eric Blandin, from Mercedes, Lawrence Stroll, the largest shareholder and promoter of the entire setup, managed to convince Fernando Alonso to get on a train that turned out to be high speed. Thanks to a well-thought-out and better-matched car, to the unquestionable ability of the Spaniard and to the voracity that he still maintains despite his age (41 years), the Silverstone (Great Britain) team ranks as the second force in this World Cup. Uploaded to the AMR23, Alonso accumulates four podiums out of five possible and has settled in third position in the general table, only behind the pair of pilots from the energetic troop, who circulate in another dimension.

The opening of the new factory, scheduled for the coming weeks, will mean another step forward, which will not be completed until the start-up of the wind tunnel, which will begin to be used next year. However, the definitive transformation that should exponentially increase the company’s possibilities will take place in 2026, when Aston Martin will incorporate Honda engines into its racing cars, as announced by the Japanese manufacturer early Wednesday morning. The agreement will start at the precise moment in which the separation between Honda and Red Bull materializes, champions of the contest the last two seasons at the hands of Max Verstappen. The red buffalo team formalized its relationship with Ford in February for three seasons from now, when the new regulations regarding propellants come into force, with a greater incidence of the electrical part (50%, when currently it does not reach 20 %), and powered by completely sustainable fuels. Along the same lines, the championship has made a commitment to completely eliminate carbon emissions by 2030.

Apart from technical aspects, this maneuver will position Aston Martin as the spearhead of Honda’s project in F1 and will give it much more autonomy if we consider that it currently equips its cars with Mercedes technology, one of its main competitors. One particularity of this new alliance is that it will be specifically the Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) racing division that will be in charge of providing coverage to the F1 area in the same way that it did so far with the MotoGP branch.

“Honda is a company that has grown by taking on challenges and winning world-class races. With the 2026 regulation, the key to achieving this will be to create a compact, light and powerful electric motor, and with a high-performance battery”, comments Toshihiro Mibe, CEO of the firm of the great H.

“We share a drive, a determination and a relentless ambition to win on the track. Honda is a world titan and its success in motorsports is impressive”, completes Stroll, for his part.

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