F1 | McLaren-Honda, the announcement this week
It really is the case that the rain has dampened the waters. On Saturday with the track conditioned by the driving rain that delayed the qualifying session for the Italian Grand Prix by more than two hours Zack Brown apparently signed an agreement with Cyril Abiteboul for the supply of the Renault power-unit beginning as soon as 2018.
In this way the collaboration with the colossus Honda would end after three years of great suffering characterized by many retirements and problems, not least those that marked the grands prix at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza.
The announcement of the supply of engines and the new partnership could already come within the week, on Thursday.
Honda will try to remain in the Circus and could once again approach Toro Rosso. Six months ago a number of meetings between the two were already reported after Sauber’s waiver (which in turn will continue with the supply of engines from Maranello). As we write, Honda’s Chief of Motorsport Yusuke Hasegawa is apparently flying to Japan to draw up the new program.
Gian Carlo Minardi