Both McLaren and Toro Rosso have confirmed that they will be running with new power unit partners from 2018, partnering Renault and Honda respectively.
After a frustrating last couple of years, McLaren have elected to end their partnership with Honda, which started back in 2015.
With Honda not looking to pull out of Formula One, they have signed a multi-year agreement with Toro Rosso, which was facilitated by the Italian team ending their power unit contract with Renault early.
The deal for Toro Rosso means that the team will have used three different power unit suppliers in three seasons; Ferrari in 2016, Renault in 2017 and Honda in 2018.
The Toro Rosso-Honda deal means that McLaren have been free to join forces with Renault for the first time in their history, in a deal which will run from 2018-2020.
“Today’s announcement gives us the stability we need to move ahead with our chassis and technical programme for 2018 without any further hesitation,” said Zak Brown, McLaren Technology Group Executive Director.
“As an organisation, McLaren has always worked extremely hard to form lasting partnerships with its technical suppliers. We’re convinced that we can bring real value to Renault Sport Racing as we work alongside it to develop this current power unit into a regular race winner.”
Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul echoed Zak Brown’s desire to become a front-running team by 2020.
“We are pleased to confirm a new partnership for Renault Sport Racing and McLaren Racing and excited to embark on this new relationship of these two historic brands in Formula 1 cooperating together for the first time.
“This agreement is perfectly in line with our mid-term strategy and with our objective to be in a winning position as a team in 2020. We are looking forward to seeing the Renault brand on next year’s McLaren and racing our new partners on track.
“McLaren is an inspirational team with two talented drivers which should not only support our engine development efforts but also act as a reference and an example in the ongoing construction of our chassis operations. This is an exciting new beginning with a championship-winning team that is hungry to return to glory.”