At midnight the news broke. The team Aston Martin will be powered by Sling from F1 season 2026. A knock on the table from those of Silverstone in its aim to establish itself as an alternative to the monopoly Red Bull-Mercedes of the last decade in the category.
Honda, one of the most famous motorists in Formula 1, also has a special history with Aston Martin’s main asset, Fernando Alonso. A link going back to his failed project McLaren between 2015 and 2017 and that everyone expects to be in the past.
Honda’s move to Aston Martin will be a major change in F1 in 2026, but what does it mean? And how could you help Fernando Alonso become a champion in the future?
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What does Honda’s arrival at Aston Martin mean?
One of the most important points when it comes to being a Formula 1 champion is having one cyclist mine. The advantage of a company responsible for building a power unit adapted to the conditions and needs of single-seater design is what comes down to marking the difference between being a Ferrari and an Alfa Romeo, for example.
That connection and relationship between the design department and the factory is essential because it not only gives the possibility to customize the car, but also to develop it in a certain line to make it as competitive as possible.
At the moment, Aston Martin sources power units from Mercedes, but these are never the ones that give the most and the best performance. These engines always stay with the team led by Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. With the future arrival of Honda, those from Silverstone will have priority when it comes to having the engines that give the best performance. A point in their favor when it comes to making a winning team.
However, this can also be one problem. AND Sling It’s just the best example. Returning to the class in 2015 with the new hybrid regulations, the Japanese never quite nailed the concept or design, failing in reliability and performance. Being the factory equipment, Aston Martin will bring all the improvements and you will be able to build your project with a direct connection to the motorist, but there is also a real risk that they will act as a field for experimentation.
Fernando Alonso’s complicated history with Honda
Which to 2014 It was seen as the return of a historic brand called to return to the top as in previous decades, months later it was confirmed as a failure. Fernando Alonso traded the comfort of Ferrari for the possibility of being an alternative mclaren honda. Such was the failure that he nearly quit in more races than he finished.
Perhaps the best way to exemplify the negative relationship between Alonso and Honda is to mention the Asturian driver with his legendary “GP2 Engine (GP2 Engine)”with which he responded to his track mechanic after being overtaken by a Toro Rosso at 2015 Japanese Grand Prix.
About their new union, Toshihiro Mibe, CEO of Honda, said that “The past is the past. Alonso is a super talent and we respect him a lot as a driver”. A phrase that seeks to build bonds and rebuild bridges that have been torn down over the past decade.
Will Fernando Alonso be able to race with Aston Martin Honda?
Honda’s arrival in F1 in 2026 in its hands Aston Martin it doesn’t have to mean that Fernando Alonso Go enjoy (or suffer) the Japanese biker. The reason is quite simple. The moment this was done, the Asturians would have 45 years oldan age old enough to have been off the slopes for some time.
With Alonso you never know and as long as he feels agile and quick he will continue to compete, but it is difficult to see a scenario where the two-time champion will still be in Formula 1 at this age.