Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack has admitted that he doesn’t see a “single reason” why Fernando Alonso won’t still be racing for the British side in 2026, when their new relationship with Honda begins.
It was announced on Wednesday that Aston Martin would be powered by Honda when the new power unit regulations commence in 2026, with many immediately questioning whether that’ll bring an end to Alonso’s time with the team in 2025.
Alonso has openly stated that he’s already interested in extending his contract beyond 2024, with the two-time World Champion having made an exceptional start to the season.
He currently sits third in the Drivers’ Championship after claiming four podiums from the opening five races, marking the first time he’s achieved that since 2007.
The Spaniard is certainly performing unbelievably well; however, would Honda be happy to work with him should Alonso remain with the team in 2026?
Alonso previously worked with Honda during his second spell at McLaren, where he was often found towards the back of the grid.
Honda’s engines were compared to those used in GP2 by the 41-year-old, something which didn’t impress the Japanese manufacturer.
Reportedly, though, Honda would be open to working with Alonso again, with Krack noting that there is no reason why he won’t be with the team when the new regulations get underway.
“I think there’s no reason to think he should not be with us in the car in 2026,” Krack said, as reported by Motorsportweek.com.
“I mean I cannot see one single reason why he would not be.”
When Aston Martin’s deal with Honda starts in 2026, it will see the Silverstone-based outfit’s partnership with Mercedes come to an end, having started working with the Germans in 2009.
Mercedes started supplying power units to the team when they were known as Force India, marking what will be a 17-year relationship come the end of 2025.
Becoming an official works team in 2026 is what Aston Martin need to further progress, though, with Krack explaining how the British side will receive “much more info earlier” in regard to several different aspects of the car.
“I think one of the main things that you have if you look at the 2026 PU regulations and the chassis regulations that will be derived from them, there have been some workshops and working groups already since February last year,” Krack said.
“It shows you have to be fully integrated, or more and more integrated, with your PU, to design the right chassis for your regulations.
“This is something that if you have a works deal, or works agreement, that you are just more open.
“You can have much more info earlier with regards to energy management, which aero configuration you have to run, to set correct targets, and this is just a big asset or big advantage for these new kinds of regulations.”