Fernando Alonso hails Aston Martin plan to win F1 title independently

Honda will join forces with the British manufacturer from 2026 when new regulations are introduced in 2026


Fernando Alonso is highly encouraged by Aston Martin’s commitment to being fully independent in Formula 1.

The Silverstone-based outfit have signed an exclusive deal with Japanese giants Honda to supply engines from the 2026 season and beyond, seeing Aston leave Mercedes as a result.

Alonso, a two-time world champion, is very encouraged by the commitment being made by the team although he has not yet given any insight into his future in F1 beyond his current contract with the team.

“It’s very good news for the team, I’m very excited,” Alonso told select members of the media including Total-Motorsport.com ahead of the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix.

“It shows the commitment of Aston Martin to really win races and win championships in the future independently by manufacturing their own gearboxes and engines.

“It’s the only way you can be 100 per cent in control of everything and it’s a great sign for everybody in Aston Martin.

Status Quo in Monaco

The Monaco GP represents a very different challenge to what the F1 teams are used to with tight, twisty corners and very little in the way of full-throttle straights.

But despite the varying layout of the circuit, Alonso doesn’t expect to see much in the way of a changing order compared to what we saw in Azerbaijan and Miami.

“I think it’s the same as any other race, to be honest,” Alonso added. “We are not thinking that we are the strongest in Monaco.

“I don’t think there will be a huge change from what we saw in Baku or Miami but if I tell you that I come here not thinking I can win the race, I’m lying.”

Joe Ellis
Joe Ellis
Motorsport journalist, indyCar correspondent and F1 writer for Total-Motorsport.com
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