Aston Martin have announced Honda will power their Formula 1 cars from the 2026 season on Wednesday.
Red Bull and AlphaTauri have Honda badging on their cars this year after spending the 2022 season as Red Bull Powertrains. This season the official name is Honda-Red Bull Powertrains.
According to La Gazzetta Dello Sport, press meetings were held on Tuesday ahead of an announcement on Wednesday, which will see Honda confirm their return to F1 just 18 months after they left.
Aston Martin will remain with Mercedes power up until 2025 when they will make the switch to Honda.
Bridge repair between Alonso and Honda?
It is still far too early to say if Fernando Alonso will still be at Aston Martin or even in F1 by 2026 but if he does remain with the Silverstone-based team, he may have some apologies to make.
The two-time world champion was extremely vocal about his dislike of Honda’s engines between 2015 and 2017 when the Japanese giants powered McLaren.
He famously called Honda‘s 2015 power unit a “GP2 engine” on the radio at the Japanese Grand Prix, much to the dismay of HRC at their home event.
But Honda seems unmoved in regards to that as they are more looking forward to what the new regulations could let them build in terms of a 50-50 distribution between electrical and combustion power.