The FIA has confirmed that Honda has signed up to re-enter Formula 1 in 2026 as a power unit supplier.
The Japanese manufacturer was one of six outfits that have signed up for the 2026 – 2030 regulation cycle.
New power units will be introduced in three years’ time, which will see an increase electrical power as well as the use of 100 per cent sustainable fuel.
The other parties include existing suppliers Ferrari and Mercedes, while it appears the Renault units will be renamed to Alpine, aligning the name with the works F1 team.
Audi is also included, having confirmed its entry last year, while Red Bull Ford is also a supplier, a partnership that was made official on Friday.
“The confirmation that there will be six Power Unit manufacturers competing in Formula 1 from 2026 is testament to the strength of the championship and the robust technical regulations that have been diligently created by the FIA in close collaboration with Formula 1 and the Power Unit manufacturers,” said FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem.
“The Power Unit is at the forefront of technological innovation, making the future of Formula 1 more sustainable while maintaining the spectacular racing.
“I am grateful for the confidence of world-leading automotive manufacturers demonstrated by their commitment to Formula 1.”
Honda dropped out of F1 at the conclusion of the 2021 season, following Max Verstappen’s run to his maiden title with Red Bull.
However, it remained in partnership with the Red Bull team and has been offering technical assistance to the the new Red Bull Powertrains organisation.
Honda’s World Championship success followed a difficult period in the turbo-hybrid era with McLaren, as its engines were slow and unreliable for several years.
The Japanese manufacturer has had a long history with F1, and last competed as a works team during the 2008 campaign.
It is not yet clear what team Honda will give power units to upon its return.