McLaren Decision to Drop Honda… Made?
Could McLaren have finally made the decision to drop Honda?
It seems like that’s the case as according to numerous reports, McLaren is simply trying to ‘buy some time‘ before making the ‘divorce‘ public.
Zak Brown, McLaren’s team boss has also admitted that despite the financial investment from Honda, the bad starts to outweigh the good – “As nice as the Honda contract is, at the end of the day – you start losing a lot of money in prize money and this is all easily documented. We lost sponsor partners to other teams.”
“You have two different types of sponsor losses, those that leave the sport and sometimes you don’t know if that was you, the sport or other circumstances however, when someone leaves a team to go to another team then that means they are happy with the sport and not happy with you, as a team.”
After the Canadian Grand Prix, a lot of criticism came from the McLaren-Honda team with Racing Director, Eric Boullier also saying – “This is absolutely not good enough” sending out strong signals to Honda after a disastrous Canadian Grand Prix.
After 7 races, the team is yet to score a point after continued issues and faults with the car and this is where Zak Brown voiced even more criticism.
Zak Brown – “We can’t keep doing this, Alonso was clearly going to get our first, not even points – but point. It was good to see Stoffel make it to the finish but I’m just speechless.“
“You feel like you’re finally going to get your first point of the year and a couple of laps from the end, it goes. Just really poor power and poor reliability.“
Honda has signed a contract to supply Sauber with it’s engine in 2018 so the brand will remain in the sport if the reports are true about parting ways with McLaren.
McLaren and Mercedes have been linked on several occasions and there have been discussions between the two teams – it seems likely that Mercedes is the only option for the team as it’s unlikely that Ferrari will supply McLaren with an engine and the same goes for Renault too who haven’t been as strong as expected this season.