Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

McLaren F1 team to ditch Honda for Renault power in 2018

McLaren F1 team to ditch Honda for Renault power in 2018

Carlos Sainz relishing his move up to Renault's works Formula 1 team for the 2018 season from Toro Rosso, believing it to be a "great step" for his racing career.

Renault officially announced on Friday in Singapore that Sainz will join it on loan from Red Bull next season as Nico Hulkenberg's new team-mate. "To be a Formula 1 driver for a manufacturer team is an honour and I hope to reward Renault's faith in me with my very best performances on track".

Speaking about the divorce, Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo, said "It is unfortunate that we must part ways with McLaren before fulfilling our ambitions, however, we made the decision with a belief that this is the best course of action for each other's future".

"This is very good development for both Carlos and Renault Sport Formula One Team and will also allow us to bring a new talent into Formula One", Marko said. Renault, proving to be not as ruthless as Red Bull, will continue with Palmer until the end of the season.

"Our main goal now is to absolutely concentrate on 2018 and Toro Rosso", he said.

Despite being linked with moves for Fernando Alonso and Robert Kubica to partner Hulkenberg, Renault settled on Sainz as its top target for a 2018 seat to replace the struggling Jolyon Palmer.

Honda Motorsport manager Masashi Yamamoto said it was a "shame and a pity" that McLaren had walked away from their alliance in favour of a tie-up with Renault. Honda will then power Toro Rosso next season.

McLaren has also recently voiced its dissatisfaction at the current regulations and is considering building its own engines when the current regulations end in 2020.

The Briton, who has finished in the points on only one occasion since making his Formula One debut last year, has been let down by poor reliability though. "We had dinner last night - a midnight snack or whatever time that was - and he's very happy with the direction of the team and the team in general".

"Excited to be working with Robert and his return to F1". It is true we have gone through many discussions due to the dissatisfaction of the President and we have discussed it and how to improve the situation. Even in the practice sessions we have lost time, and that puts you on the back foot for the weekend. We've got the haves and the have nots and they're sharing out.

This will be the first time Renault and McLaren have partnered in F1.

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