With new F1 engine regulations set to come into effect for 2026, Aston Martin is evaluating the viability of developing its own power unit. The team currently has an engine deal with Mercedes but is considering whether to go it alone in the future.

Canadian billionaire owner Lawrence Stroll is investing heavily to help transform the rebranded squad into a leading player in F1, with construction of a new state-of-the-art factory already well underway. 

In his first call with media since beginning work with the team at the start of this month, Krack said: “We are happy with the engine partner we have. So we have a new set of regulations coming for 2026, with more emphasis obviously on electric power than today. 

“I think it’s normal for a brand like Aston Martin that, if there is new power unit regulations that you look into that, that you carefully investigate if that is strategically the right thing. And then obviously I think it’s the right steps that F1 is taking to have a higher hybrid bias, let’s say, over electric power. 

“The timelines are reasonable to introduce them in 2026 because we know that other competitors are also evaluating an entry. It is reasonable to take this decision to be on the grid in 2026 with your own power unit. 

“It is the right moment to look into it now.”

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Krack’s comments echo chief technical officer Andrew Green's indication about a potential in-house engine project at the team’s launch of its 2022 car. 

“With our ambitions, we’re definitely investigating our power unit supply in the long-term,” Green said last month. 

“2026 is mooted as a new power unit regulation. I think as a team, we’d love to be involved. We have Aramco now involved as a sponsor.

“I’m sure we’ll be looking at it in great detail and understanding whether there’s a benefit to us moving in that direction.”