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Sauber confirm Honda partnership for 2018

Following weeks of speculation, Sauber have announced that they will run Honda power units from 2018.

The agreement ends a long-term partnership with Ferrari and will see Sauber become the second Honda-powered team alongside McLaren.

Sauber have used Ferrari power units ever since previous owners BMW pulled out of Formula One prior to the 2010 season, but the Swiss team also had a long history with Ferrari engines dating back to the late nineties.

For 2017, Ferrari have been providing Sauber with one-year-old specification of power unit.

Despite a troubled start for Honda since their return to the sport in 2015, Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn believes the partnership can yield a “successful future”.

“It is a great honour for the Sauber F1 Team to be able to work together with Honda in the coming seasons,” said Kaltenborn.

“Our realignment is not just visible through the new ownership but also now with our new technological partnership with Honda.

“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 – from a strategic as well as from a technological perspective. We thank Honda for making this great partnership happen.”

Honda’s Chief Officer of Brand and Communication Operations, Katsuhide Moriyama, added that Honda are hoping to maximise the benefits of supplying more than one team.

“In addition to the partnership with McLaren which began in 2015, Honda will begin supplying power units to Sauber as a customer team starting from next year,” said Moriyama.

“This will be a new challenge in Honda’s F1 activities. In order to leverage the benefits of supplying to two teams to the maximum extent, we will strengthen the systems and capabilities of both of our two development operations, namely HRD Sakura and the operation in Milton Keynes.

“We will continue our challenges so that our fans will enjoy seeing a Honda with dominant strength as soon as possible.”

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