Given the current problems that McLaren and Honda have been having for the past season and a half, you’d think there wouldn’t be a large customer base waiting to sign up for Honda power. However, the Sauber F1 team have confirmed they will be joining technological forces with the Japanese manufacturer for 2018 and beyond. Sauber are currently powered by Ferrari but their statement says “This extensive strategic and technological realignment creates a new basis for the team.” Whatever that means.
Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said: “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.”
Honda have struggled since their return to Formula One with McLaren, but having another team on board will allow them to gather more data and get more testing, as well as share the burden of success, or failure.