McLaren and Honda have ended their F1 partnership and the British team will use Renault engines from next year. Carlos Sainz to drive for Renault.
We knew this was coming. It has been confirmed now. McLaren and Honda have announced to end their relationship by the end of the 2017. The team has signed a three-year deal with Renault to use their engines from 2018.
To achieve this new deal, Renault has terminated their contract with Toro Rosso and will not be supplying them engines from next year. Toro Rosso will be using Honda engines from 2018 onwards. The two teams are just doing an engine swap after signing multi-year deals with the respective companies.
It has also been confirmed that Red Bull has loaned Carlos Sainz to Renault for one season. It is known fact that Sainz was not happy at Toro Rosso and was looking to switch, with Renault interested in giving him a drive. This move means that Jolyon Palmer will no longer be driving for the French team.
With Toro Rosso losing Renault engines, its sister team Red Bull might also be forced to follow the same path at the end of 2018. Reports suggest that Renault might stop supplying them engines. Red Bull themselves are not happy with their engines and are looking for a way out. They might use Honda engines if they improve. They also have the option of developing a partnership with Porsche, who are interested in a return to the sport. Porsche might buy Red Bull or supply them engines. They also have the option of partnering with Aston Martin to supply engines. Aston Martin is also looking to enter F1.
McLaren and Honda have a history of being one of the best partnerships on the grid. However, ever since the Japanese engine manufacturer’s return to the sport in 2015, they have failed to deliver a reliable and powerful engine. This has caused a huge loss to McLaren and their brand image has also taken a beating.
With this confirmation, many new interesting avenues have opened up in F1. Watch this space for more updates.