Sauber-Honda engine deal officially off

The Sauber-Honda engine deal for 2018 has been cancelled as the 2 parties agree to call it off.

Barcelona F1 test 07/03-10/03/17

The deal was put together between former team principal Monisha Kaltenborn and Honda man Masashi Yamamoto.

A few weeks after the deal was put together Kaltenborn left the team due to differences in opinion on the future direction with Longbow finance.

after Frederic Vasseur took over Sauber said the deal was being held back and has now been cancelled.

Yamamoto said:

“We had built a good relationship with Sauber, and had been looking forward to entering the 2018 F1 season together,

“However, during discussions after management changes at the team, we reached a mutual agreement to call off the project due to differences in the future directions of both parties.

“We would like to thank Sauber for their cooperation, and wish them all the best for their future.”

Vasseur added:

“It is very unfortunate that we have to discontinue the planned collaboration with Honda at this stage.

“However, this decision has been made for strategic reasons, and with the best intent or the future of the Sauber F1 Team in mind.

“We would like to thank Honda for their collaboration and wish them all the best for their future in Formula 1.”

This leaves Honda only with Mclaren for next year and given what that relationship is like, it looks likely Honda may soon leave F1.

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