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What Aston Martin's Honda deal reveals about its true F1 mindset

Honda's exit from Formula 1 will only be brief as it gets set to return at full strength with Aston Martin from 2026. F1's evolving engine rules have helped bring Honda back, but Aston's decision to ditch tried-and-tested Mercedes power for the Japanese marque speaks volumes about Lawrence Stroll's ambitions.

When rumours about a potential Formula 1 partnership between Aston Martin and Honda first emerged earlier this year, there seemed plenty of factors that talked against it.

The Silverstone-based squad seemed to be so firmly in bed with Mercedes that a change of course seemed, on the face of it, to be pretty hard to imagine.

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