In the round-up: Toto Wolff says Aston Martin’s planned move from customer Mercedes power to a works engine deal with Honda is “the kind of step that you need to make” to win world championships.
Wolff gives his take on Aston Martin’s Honda deal
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff does not believe Aston Martin’s switch to Honda power units in 2026 is reflection on the power units provided by the team’s current supplier Mercedes.
The Lawrence Stroll-owned team has used Mercedes engines since 2009, when it was known as Force India, and will become a works team for Honda when Formula 1 introduced news power unit regulations in three years’ time.
“I don’t think them switching from a Mercedes client situation to a Honda has anything to do with the power unit,” Wolff told media including RaceFans. “I think we are competitive in terms of power unit, but they always wanted to emancipate themselves and become a true works team, and that’s what they’re doing.
“They have their own exclusive power unit supply deal, they have their own fuel supplier, they are building a big factory that’s going online in the next few months – and Lawrence’s aim is never small. I think when you want to be competitive and win championships, that is the kind of step that you need to make.”
Sargeant still adjusting to requirements of an F1 driver
Williams’ rookie Logan Sargeant has admitted that the lifestyle of a Formula 1 driver is still something he is adjusting to after six grands prix.
“It’s a busy schedule, a lot of marketing, a lot of media, a lot of commitments, a lot of time on the sim. So you don’t get much time to yourself,” Sargeant told the official F1 website.
“So I’m learning how to do all that and not let it mentally drain me as much, and also have time to just hang out with some friends and I go play golf on the weekend or something like that.”
Barcelona DRS zones go unchanged
No changes have been made to the DRS zones at the Circuit de Catalunya for this weekend’s race. Drivers complained about some of the changes made to DRS zones over the first five races of the season, including the decision to shorten some of them.
In addition to the extension of the run-off area at turn one and bypassing of the chicane at the end of the lap, other changes for this year including the removal of artificial grass at turn three and new barriers on the outside of the high-speed turns 13 and 14, which F1 drivers will tackle for the first time since 2006.
Asteroid named after Alonso
Fernando Alonso now has an asteroid named after him. The Foundation of the Institute of Astronomy and Astronautics of Mallorca has chosen to rename asteroid 73533 in honour of the two-times world champion, who is seeking his 33rd F1 win.
“This asteroid has a peculiar numbering ending in ’33’, the same number of victories that the Asturian pursues in his long career in the highest category of the world motorsport,” said the foundation in a statement.
Asteroid 73533 Alonso is four kilometres wide and travels at a speed of around 32,400kph, some 87 times faster than the top speed Alonso will reach in his Aston Martin this year. It lies between Mars and Jupiter and can be tracked on NASA’s website here.
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