The Sauber F1 Team have confirmed on Sunday morning in Russia that Honda will supply them with power units from 2018 onwards.
The news comes as McLaren and Honda continue to struggle with their power unit and speaking about the new partnership, CEO of the Sauber F1 Team Monisha Keltenborn commented by saying:
It is a great honor for the Sauber F1 Team to be able to work together with Honda in the coming seasons. Our realignment is not just visible through the new ownership but also now with our new technological partnership with Honda. We have set another milestone with this new engine era, which we await with huge excitement and of course we are looking for new opportunities. We very much look forward to our partnership with Honda, which sets the course for a successful future – from a strategic as well as from a technological perspective. We thank Honda for making this great partnership happen.
The deal will both McLaren and Sauber being supplied with Honda power units from 2018 onwards and speaking about the deal, Chief Officer, Brand and Communication Operations, Honda Motor Co. Katsuhide Moriyama commented by saying:
In addition to the partnership with McLaren which began in 2015, Honda will begin supplying power units to Sauber as a customer team starting from next year. This will be a new challenge in Honda’s F1 activities. In order to leverage the benefits of supplying to two teams to the maximum extent, we will strengthen the systems and capabilities of both of our two development operations, namely HRD Sakura and the operation in Milton Keynes. We will continue our challenges so that our fans will enjoy seeing a Honda with dominant strength as soon as possible.