Initial reactions after the deal between Aston Martin and Honda

Initial reactions after the deal between Aston Martin and Honda

24-05-2023 07:54 Last update: 09:04

Cas van de Kleut

On the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, it was announced that Honda will supply engines to Aston Martin from 2026. A press release from the British racing stable gives initial reactions to the new deal.

Comments from the team

Honda decided in 2020 that they would retire from Formula 1, but eventually the Japanese engine supplier decided that they still want to return. Lawrence Stroll is delighted with the partnership: "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."

Major changes to engine regulations are coming in 2026. Martin Whitmarsh, Group CEO of Aston Martin Performance technologies, is confident they will be successful once the regulations take effect: "Jointly with our strategic partner Aramco, we can look forward to open collaboration towards a common goal. Our future works partnership with Honda is one of the last parts of the jigsaw puzzle slotting into place for Aston Martin's ambitious plans in Formula One."

Honda goes for sustainability

Among the changes to the regulations are also about sustainability. Koji Watanabe, president of Honda Racing Corporation, says they will also take this into account a lot: "We will establish sustainable operational structures for our racing activities and continue to deliver more dreams and excitement for motorsports fans all around the world."

Domenicali impressed

Aston Martin is performing very well on the track this year, tentatively finishing second in the constructors' championship. Formula One CEO Stefano Domenicali is impressed with the Silverstone-based team: "We can all see the incredible commitment Aston Martin has made to our sport and we can't wait to see the exciting partnership in action."