It's Over! McLaren Ends Partnership With Its Engine Supplier, Honda

It's Over! McLaren Ends Partnership With Its Engine Supplier, Honda

McLaren will swap their Honda engines for those from Renault at the end of the Formula One season.

Renault Sport has partnered with Scuderia Toro Rosso for the 2014, 2015 and 2017 seasons, scoring 137 points in this period, with a best-finish of fourth twice achieved by Max Verstappen in 2015. The 2018 season will see McLaren sourcing power unit from Renault F1, while Honda will get a chance at redemption as it will be supplying engines to Torro Rosso.

But with Red Bull well aware of Ricciardo's strengths and having no interest in letting him go, in the end Renault gave up its pursuit and focused efforts on Sainz instead. But this is too early a stage to talk about these details of the infrastructure. "I would like to say thank you to Red Bull for all their confidence and support and for allowing me to take this opportunity".

Russian Formula One driver Daniil Kvyat dodged questions about Toro Rosso's expected 2018 engine deal with Honda on Wednesday, saying he saw "good things ahead" for his Red Bull-owned team.

"Frankly it's really difficult on Jo and a bit unfair on Jo and the team and to a certain degree, it maybe has had a negative impact on his ongoing performance".

The Spaniard had reportedly lost patience with Honda's travails and had made it clear to McLaren that his decision on whether to extend his deal with the team would be contingent on it securing a new engine manufacturer.

It is reported that Renault Sport is looking to end its supply deal with Red Bull. Pointedly, its release announcing the McLaren deal said that the new agreement provided it 'with a second top-level Formula 1 team'.

Alonso added that he felt "proud" of McLaren's project with Honda, despite the fact it has failed to yield a single podium place in more than two-and-a-half seasons.

Together McLaren and Honda dominated the sport from 1988-91, winning four consecutive driver's and constructor's titles, but their latest alliance has been doomed from the start.

For McLaren, however, its abandonment of Honda in favour of Renault represents a multi-million-dollar gamble, primarily at the behest of star driver Fernando Alonso.

'I hope he has got a car to fight with us next year, it only adds to the spectacle and the challenge, ' said Hamilton, the last McLaren champion driver nine years ago. Are they going to stick with their new orange theme?

"We've been thrown a seriously tough battle this weekend at this circuit, which is such a hard circuit to dominate, it's very track specific here with the car", he said.

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