Aston Martin is poised to announce a new Formula 1 engine supplier partnership with Honda, according to a report.
La Gazzetta dello Sport states that the deal will be formally announced on Wednesday.
Honda has signed up to the new cycle of Power Unit regulations that will come into play in 2026, along with five other manufacturers.
The Japanese outfit exited F1 at the end of 2021 following its title-winning campaign with Max Verstappen but continued to offer technical support to Red Bull.
However, it soon outlined its desire to re-enter the sport amid F1’s sustainability push, which was reflected in its publication of the 2026 regulations.
Currently, Aston Martin is supplied by Mercedes but is reportedly keen to become a ‘works team’ as it pushes towards a title fight.
The Silverstone-based squad has enjoyed a strong start to the 2023 campaign, taking four podium finishes with Fernando Alonso in the first five rounds.
Alonso has history with the Honda brand, as it powered the McLaren team from 2015 to 2017 during the Spaniard’s second stint with the team.
However, the partnership was a turbulent one, with Alonso voicing his disapproval of the engine on many occasions – including during Honda’s home race in 2015, where he infamously labelled it as a “GP2 engine”.
After parting ways with McLaren, Honda tied up with Red Bull in 2018, supplying its sister Toro Rosso squad before expanding to the front-running outfit the following year.
It marked a much more successful partnership with Honda enjoying multiple race wins across three years and a title with Verstappen in 2021.
Following Honda’s exit, Red Bull set up its own ‘Red Bull Powertrains’ facility.
In 2026, it will partner with Ford, as the American brand has opted to join the sport.
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