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MOTORSPORTS | Apr 05

Max Verstappen Could Join Aston Martin in 2026 to Race With Honda Engines

The Three-Time World Champions Have Sparked Rumors of a Move for Next Season

Max Verstappen Could Join Aston Martin in 2026 to Race With Honda Engines
Red Bull Racing's Dutch driver Max Verstappen | Kazuhiro Nogi / Afp

Expect the Unexpected 🏎️

Why stick around if there’s a chance the car won’t be a championship contender anymore?

Let’s ditch the fancy talk and get real! Max Verstappen is everywhere in F1 news these days, but not just for his amazing skills on the track. The paddock is buzzing with whispers about a potential Red Bull exit for the Dutch champion! Could we see Verstappen behind the wheel of a different car next year?

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The Red Bull Rumble: Drama at Every Turn

Just a few weeks back, the idea of Verstappen ditching Red Bull – the absolute powerhouse of this new car era – seemed impossible! It’d be like handing a championship trophy to someone else on a silver platter! But things got messy after the whole Christian Horner saga, and now whispers of tension within the Red Bull camp are swirling like loose tire smoke.

Now, throw in the whole mystery surrounding other key players like Adrian Newey (the mastermind behind Red Bull’s winning cars) and Helmut Marko (the team advisor), and things start to look shaky for the energy drink giants. Is there an internal power struggle brewing at Red Bull? It’s like a behind-the-scenes fight no one wants to talk about, but everyone can feel the tension! This whole situation is making Verstappen’s potential exit seem a lot more plausible.

In March 2022, Verstappen signed a contract extension committing him to the team for seven seasons. The term included the first three seasons of the new F1 regulations with the new Red Bull Powertrains engine, expected to be badged as a Porsche.

Two years on from signing that deal, and having secured three titles with a fourth looking likely, the chances of Verstappen seeing out the remaining four years of the deal appear slim. Horner’s own words are telling. On race day in Bahrain, he was adamant that Verstappen was not going anywhere. However, just a week later in Jeddah, he admitted that Verstappen may have reasons to leave.

Let’s face it, Red Bull’s dominance might not last forever. Come 2026, the whole rulebook gets tossed out the window – it’s like a total F1 reboot! Nobody knows who will have the fastest engine then, which might be a big concern for Verstappen. Red Bull’s new partner, Ford, is fresh to the F1 scene, so it’s a bit of a gamble. Maybe Verstappen’s thinking, “Why stick around if there’s a chance the car won’t be a championship contender anymore?

 

The Aston Advantage: Speed, Stability, and Honda Power

Amidst the chaos, Aston Martin emerges as a beacon of hope for Verstappen. With Fernando Alonso’s potential departure opening up a seat, Aston presents a tantalizing opportunity. As the team transitions to become the Honda works outfit, Verstappen sees the promise of a competitive package and a stable environment.

The Verstappen of 2024 is a very different person from the teenager who started with Toro Rosso in 2015. Even in the two years since making the long-term contractual commitment, he’s matured further and settled into a world champion’s figurehead role, not afraid to speak his mind about his dislike of the long F1 schedule.

Just this week, Aston Martin threw a massive wad of cash at Adrian Newey. They clearly want him to build them a championship-winning car. Remember all those titles Sebastian Vettel won with Red Bull? Newey’s handiwork! And of course, he’s a big part of Verstappen’s dominance too. So, with Newey potentially heading to Aston Martin and the Honda power engines, that might be a tempting offer for Verstappen to follow him – a familiar face building a winning car at a new team. Could Aston Martin be Verstappen’s next pit stop? Now that’s some juicy F1 rumors!

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