McLaren Honda Renault Toro Rosso Sainz switcheroo

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McLaren Honda Renault Toro Rosso Sainz switcheroo

Postby NewMrMe » Sun 10 Sep, 2017 4:29 pm

Autosprout are reporting a rather complex sounding deal with McLaren switching to Renault engines that also impacts Toro Rosso and Carlos Sainz

The deal seems to involve
- McLaren using Renault engines next season.
- Honda will supply engines to Toro Rosso instead. Red Bull have an option to switch the supply to the senior team if Honda do sort their engines and become competitive.
- Carlos Sainz joins Renault for 2018 replacing Palmer.
- Honda backed GP2 driver Nobuhara Matushita gets a Toro Rosso race seat if/when he gets enough points to qualify for a superlicence. He is currently 6th in the standings and would need to finish in the top 3 to qualify for 2018.
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Re: McLaren Honda Renault Toro Rosso Sainz switcheroo

Postby NewMrMe » Fri 15 Sep, 2017 11:25 am

Judging by comments during free practice there might be some interesting fall out from this. Initially you can see how it can be a win-win-win-win deal, McLaren get out of using Honda engines. Red Bull use Toro Rosso as a development team anyway, this would just mean using it to develop an engines instead of drivers. If Honda does end up coming good then Red Bull get a works engine out of it. Renault get a driver upgrade and Sainz gets himself out of a seemingly perpetual queue at Red Bull into a works seat.

However...

Renault are supposedly concerned that Honda might get access to their engine through the rumoured Toro Rosso/Honda link up and are saying they will stop supplying Red Bull when their current contract is up at the end of 2018. That could leave Red Bull with Honda engines for both teams in 2019. Potentially a big problem if there is no improvement. It has also been suggested that Renault wanted Ricciardo not Sainz out of the big switcharound. It could be negotiating tactic to try and get him.

There are also suggestions that Porsche could enter F1 as an engine supplier for 2020 or 2021.
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