‘Aston Martin can win the title before 2026’

‘Aston Martin can win the title before 2026’

Fernando Alonso believes Aston Martin do not need to wait for Honda’s arrival in 2026 for the title.

On Wednesday, Honda announced that it will rejoin F1 as a powertrain manufacturer for the Aston Martin team in 2026.

Aston Martin Performance Technologies Group CEO Martin Whitmarsh explained that to achieve sustained success, the Silverstone team must be self-reliant, moving away from its reliance on engine and power supply supplier Mercedes, while also renting a wind tunnel.

“It’s clear to us, and I think Honda, that the Formula 1 regulations for 2026 will require full integration of the chassis and power unit, but the relationship of the working team can deliver that,” Whitmarsh said.

“Wanting to win means you have to beat Mercedes, and it’s very difficult to beat a team as good as Mercedes if you rely on them for intellectual property, equipment, components. So in my opinion, to win the championship repeatedly without a full working relationship is very, very difficult .”

While Alonso shared Whitmarsh’s excitement about Honda’s arrival, when asked if Aston needed a new power unit to win the title, he replied “No”. The Spaniard thinks that waiting for Honda does not mean that Aston Martin will not be able to win the title in the next two seasons.

Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin F1 Team

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“The situation is better if you can develop your power unit and chassis and integrate everything earlier, especially in 2026, when new innovations will be made,” Alonso said.

“Being a factory team has its advantages, but that doesn’t mean Aston Martin won’t have a chance to win the championship in 2026.”

For Alonso, attracting the attention of Honda underlines the interest of the team led by Lawrence Stroll. Aston is preparing to move to a brand new, state-of-the-art factory at Silverstone and is also building a new wind tunnel.

“This is very good news for the team, I’m very happy. I think it shows Aston Martin’s commitment to winning races and championships independently in the future, developing its own gear and everything in the car,” said Alonso.

“It’s probably the only way to be 100% sure that you’re in control of everything in your package, in your car. That’s a good sign for everyone at Aston Martin. You know the will and ability to win is there.” say.

Alonso, who will be 44 at the start of the 2026 season, has not given a clear answer to questions about whether he will still be here at Honda when he joins: “I don’t know what I will do in 2026. I would be lying if I said I knew.”

“2026 is too far to have an idea, so I have to focus on this year.”