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Ford v Honda? Japanese automaker returning to Formula One with Aston Martin

Honda just couldn’t stay away from the action.

The Japanese automaker has announced that it will return to Formula One as the power unit supplier for the Aston Martin F1 Team in 2026.

That’s the year the series is making a major change to its hybrid power unit formula, which also attracted Ford to enter the series at that time with Red Bull Racing.

Red Bull currently builds its own power units, which are based on a Honda design that the brand supplied through the 2021 season.

Aston Martin’s cars are currently powered by Mercedes-AMG engines, as are the brand’s road cars.

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However, while the Aston Martin F1 Team’s owner Lawrence Stroll is a shareholder in the automaker Aston Martin Lagonda and its executive chairman, the two are separate entities and no plans have been announced to incorporate Honda engines into the production models.

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Honda’s first foray into F1 was from 1964 to 1968. (National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

Honda has competed in Formula One on and off since 1964 and has collected six constructors championships and six driver’s championships along the way, including Max Verstappen’s drivers title in 2021.

Verstappen repeated in 2022 and Red Bull also claimed the constructors crown using the legacy Honda engines.

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