Honda will not provide engines to the Sauber F1 group for the 2018 F1 season, it has been confirmed.
The Swiss group signed a deal in Might that was set to see Honda provide its V6 Hybrid energy models for the 2018 F1 season however current upheavals in Sauber’s administration construction has led to the settlement being axed simply two months later.
In a brief assertion, new Sauber group principal Frederic Vasseur confirmed ‘strategic causes’ had been its causes for cancelling the settlement.
“It is extremely unlucky that we’ve to discontinue the deliberate collaboration with Honda at this stage. Nevertheless, this choice has been made for strategic causes, and with one of the best intent for the way forward for the Sauber F1 Group in thoughts. We want to thank Honda for his or her collaboration, and want all of them one of the best for his or her future in System One.”
It’s believed Sauber’s homeowners intervened on the deal after releasing Monisha Kaltenborn – the architect of the Honda settlement – from her place as group principal, to get replaced by Vasseur earlier this month.
Although the transfer places Honda’s participation in F1 doubtful as its sole different buyer McLaren weighs up its choices, it’s understood non-availability of choices at Mercedes or Ferrari will lead it to proceed its relationship.