Honda has announced that it will enter into a works relationship with Aston Martin, making for an exclusive partnership that begins in 2026. The decision came after Honda first expressed interest in producing an engine for 2026 rules last year, without clarity on who their partner would be. Ultimately, multiple F1 teams expressed a desire to join forces, but Honda CEO Toshiro Mibe states that Aston Martin‘s passion and determination was what convinced them to pursue a partnership. Discussions with Aston Martin began in January of this year, with factory visits to the team’s new Silverstone base solidifying the partnership for Honda Racing Corporation president Koji Watanabe.
Despite Aston Martin‘s eagerness to win, the team has remained grounded about the progress it needs to make for their partnership with Honda to deliver on victory ambitions. The CEO of Aston Martin Performance Technologies, Martin Whitmarsh, stressed the need to stay humble and learn from Honda in order for the team to achieve its goal. However, the team’s passion and drive to win, combined with Honda‘s expertise, bodes well for their future in motorsport. Whitmarsh says the team has targeted winning in 2026 and consistently thereafter.