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As Red Bull Heads Into Untested Waters, Soon to Turn Rival Ally Aims to Snatch Championship Winning Run

Sabyasachi Biswas

As Red Bull Heads Into Untested Waters, Soon to Turn Rival Ally Aims to Snatch Championship Winning Run

In 2026, new regulation changes could shake up the entire grid, and friends will turn into foes. It will mark the end of the partnership between Red Bull and Honda, with the former joining hands with Ford. Honda meanwhile, will partner up with Aston Martin, a team that is aiming to compete for the World Championship in the coming years.

Honda will supply power-units to a new team but wants to keep their championship-winning momentum going. According to Koji Watanabe, Honda Racing Corporation’s president, the Japanese company wants to steer the British team to emerge as the new superpower of the F1 world.

To become world champion from 2026 onwards,” said Watanabe, as per Motorsport, when asked about their aim for the new regulations. “We know that it will be very difficult, and it is not so easy. But we need some good targets to put in our best effort together with Aston Martin.”

Currently, Aston Martin is nowhere close to Red Bull, who has been dominating F1 since 2022. The team showed progress in 2023, fighting for the podium places, but has taken a step backward once again in 2024. However, with Honda coming in two years later, things could be very different for the Silverstone-based outfit very soon.

How can Aston Martin be a threat to top teams?

Honda struggled comprehensively, in terms of performance before partnering up with Red Bull in 2019. With McLaren, their reputation took a hit, especially after Fernando Alonso labeled their power-unit, as a “GP 2 engine” in 2015. 

After joining Red Bull, however, it became a force to reckon with. They have been powering the Milton-Keynes-based outfits to regular wins since 2021, and are expected to do so in 2024, and 2025 too.

Aston Martin, a team that has been showing steady progress and has championship ambitions, could be the perfect set-up for Honda in the coming years. Alonso, who is also eyeing race wins, signed an extension with the British team, and with Honda, and will be hoping to compete for world titles.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

Sabyasachi Biswas


Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 journalist at The SportsRush. With over one and a half decades of love for the sport and five years of experience in the field, he dreams to be a regular at the paddock when the lights go out. A Red Bull fan and F1 fan in general over the years, he enjoyed watching Felipe Massa, Sebastian Vettel, and Max Verstappen dominate the track. Apart from F1, he's also a big-time Madridista and Federer fanatic. He was a sub-junior level footballer, won inter-district quizzes and debate competitions back in school. A travel freak throughout, he tries different cuisines and learns new cultures whenever he's away from the keyboard.

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