Apr.21 (GMM) Honda could finally be set to add a customer team to its beleaguered F1 engine supply programme.
Since the struggling Japanese carmaker re-entered the sport in 2015, there have been rumours of customer deals, including with Red Bull and Sauber.
But works partner McLaren has had ‘veto’ power, and former team supremo Ron Dennis has insisted on exclusivity.
That could be about to change.
Honda is struggling more than ever in 2017, amid the latest rising speculation that a customer deal with Sauber is on the cards for next year and seen as an easy way to effectively double the data needed to improve.
Asked if the road is now clear for a ‘customer’ Honda team, McLaren team boss Eric Boullier said: “I think so.
“We will provide support in finding a customer,” the Frenchman is quoted by the Swiss newspaper Blick.
Boullier explained: “This year, Honda would not have been able. Everybody would have been weakened. But now things are different.”
07/05/2016 McLaren denies Dennis to challenge new FIA rule May 7 (GMM) McLaren has played down reports team supremo Ron Dennis is furious about a new engine rule in formula one.
We reported this week that Dennis vowed to sue the FIA if it […]
27/06/2016 Honda still open to supplying second team Jun.27 (GMM) Honda is still open to supplying engines to a customer F1 team.
That is the claim of the Japanese marque's F1 chief Yusuke Hasegawa, even though Ron Dennis has been […]
13/05/2016 Dennis says no Honda customers before title May 13 (GMM) Ron Dennis has indicated he will not give the green light for Honda to begin supplying engines to customer teams.
A new rule means engine manufacturers in F1 must be […]
29/10/2015 McLaren confirms veto for Red Bull-Honda deal Oct.29 (GMM) McLaren has effectively confirmed reports it has vetoed the supply of customer Honda power units to Red Bull next year. With Mercedes and Ferrari already saying no to the […]
09/05/2016 Toro Rosso could be first Honda customer – report May 9 (GMM) Toro Rosso could become the first customer of Honda's engines in F1.
That is the claim of the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat, who said rumours of the Red Bull-owned team's […]
26/11/2016 McLaren must sign title sponsor – Brown Nov.26 (GMM) New McLaren chief Zak Brown says the famous British team must prioritise signing a title sponsor.
Since the departure of Vodafone and the start of the difficult works Honda […]
05/05/2016 Dennis disputes new engine supply rule – report May 5 (GMM) Ron Dennis has reportedly warned that he will not accept a new FIA regulation regarding the supply of engines to customer teams. In reaction to the Red Bull saga of late […]
14/05/2016 McLaren on track for clash with FIA over engines May 14 (GMM) McLaren-Honda could be shaping up to clash with F1's governing body over the new engine regulations.
Fabrice Lom, the FIA's engine chief, said in Barcelona that the rules […]
14/04/2017 Sauber poised for 2018 Honda switch Apr.14 (GMM) Sauber could be on the cusp of becoming the second Honda-powered team in F1.
The Swiss team's Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson on Thursday said Sauber has been surprised by […]
24/03/2017 ‘Customer’ Williams can win title – Lowe Mar.24 (GMM) Paddy Lowe says it is possible Williams could win a world championship with customer engine power.
Lowe's former McLaren boss Ron Dennis said not too long ago that title […]