Honda will formally RETURN to F1 as Aston Martin's engine partner

Honda will formally RETURN to F1 as Aston Martin’s engine partner from 2026 – with their president Toshihiro Mibe urging that the sport’s strive for carbon neutrality is the ‘key reason’ behind their full-scale comeback

  • Honda have partnered with Aston Martin team from the start of the 2026 season
  • They have continued to supply Red Bull’s power units since leaving F1 in 2021
  • The manufacturer urged that sustainability was a key factor behind their return 

Honda will undergo a full scale return to Formula One in 2026 as the engine partner of Aston Martin. 

The Japanese car giant officially left the sport at the end of the 2021 season after seven years but has since continued to supply the two Red Bull teams with power units.

After F1 unveiled its new engine regulations for 2026, which focuses on power units running on fully sustainable fuels, Honda were keen to return to the grid in a formal capacity.

Honda’s relationship with Red Bull Racing, which has led to both of Max Verstappen’s world championships over the past two seasons, is set to end in 2025.

Red Bull are planning to launch their own in-house power unit division in partnership with American manufacturer Ford.

Honda will formally return to Formula One in 2026 as the new engine partner of Aston Martin

Mercedes will continue to supply Aston Martin (above) with their engines until the end of 2025 

Red Bull Racing are set to launch their own in-house power unit division, even though their relationship with Honda has brought success for two-time world champion Max Verstappen

Mercedes will continue to supply Aston Martin with their engine, gearbox and rear suspension until the close of the 2025 campaign.

Honda revealed on Wednesday that Formula One’s strive for sustainability and carbon neutrality was a ‘key reason’ for their return.  

‘One of the key reasons for our decision to take up the new challenge in F1 is that the world’s pinnacle form of racing is striving to become a sustainable racing series, which is in line with the direction Honda is aiming toward carbon neutrality, and it will become a platform which will facilitate the development of our electrification technologies,’ Honda president Toshihiro Mibe urged.

‘Honda is a company that has a history of growing by taking on challenges and winning world-class races. 

‘With the new 2026 regulations, the key for winning will be a compact, lightweight, and high-power electric motor with a high-performance battery capable of handling high and swift power output, as well as the energy management technology.

‘We believe that the technologies and know-how gained from this new challenge can potentially be applied directly to our future mass production electric vehicles, such as an electric flagship sports model, and electrification technologies in various areas, including eVTOL which is currently under research and development.

Honda president Toshihiro Mibe urged that sustainability was a key factor behind their return

Aston Martin chief Lawrence Stroll is striving to compete with reigning champions Red Bull

‘Honda and our new partner, the Aston Martin F1 Team, share the same sincere attitude and determination to win, so starting with the 2026 season, we will work together and strive for the Championship title as Aston Martin Aramco Honda.

‘Honda has the utmost respect for the FIA, which made a bold decision to introduce these new and challenging regulations to ensure the sustainability of both racing activities and the global environment, and for the Formula 1 Group, which has been enhancing the brand value of F1 and ensuring F1’s evolvement as the most prestigious automobile racing in the world.’

Aston Martin chairman Lawrence Stroll added: ‘I would like to welcome Honda and HRC to the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One team. We share a mutual drive, determination, and relentless ambition to succeed on track. 

‘Honda is a global titan and its success in motorsport is longstanding and incredibly impressive. I would like to thank Mr. Mibe and Mr. Watanabe, and the whole team at HRC as we embark on this exciting future together from 2026.’

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