Toro Rosso, Renault, Honda and McLaren make big announcements for 2018
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News September 15, 2017 Updated: 9:21 PM
Photo: Scuderia Toro Rosso
In what was a huge news day in Formula One. Toro Rosso, McLaren, Renault, and Honda have all made announcements ahead of Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix.
Toro Rosso and Honda have announced that they will be joining forces for 2018 as Honda will become the team's new engine supplier. This comes after Honda and McLaren announced that they were terminating their partnership.
As a new beginning starts for Toro Rosso, team principal Franz Tost said “Everyone in our team is very much looking forward to working with Honda. Ever since its founder Soichiro Honda entered his motorcycles in events, racing has always been a central part of the company’s ethos. It’s a very exciting challenge and I hope that both parties will gain a great deal from it as we develop together."
Honda has had a rough start since it's retun to Formula One, but President & Representative Director of Honda Motor Co. Takahiro Hachigo believes this new opportunity can bring about a new beginning for the company. "Everyone at Honda is looking forward to working with Toro Rosso, and we are excited to start this new chapter in our Formula 1 journey with them," said Hachigo.
On the flip side of the Toro Rosso Honda partnership, driver Carlos Sainz has signed with Renault as part of a loan deal with Red Bull for the 2018 season which comes on the heels of Renault announcing the end of their partnership with Toro Rosso.
“I’m very happy to be joining Renault Sport Formula One Team. To be a Formula 1 driver for a manufacturer team is an honor and I hope to reward Renault’s faith in me with my very best performances on track. The trajectory of Renault Sport Formula One Team is exciting and I’m proud to join at such an important time in their history," said Sainz.
Along with the addition of Sainz, Renault also welcomes their new partnership with McLaren as the two hope to become a one-two punch in 2018.
After much frustration with of the last three seasons with Honda, McLaren Technology Group Executive Director Zak Brown is looking for a fresh start in 2018. "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," said Brown.
There was only one driver change in the list of annoucements today. Therefore, the future of driver Fernando Alonso and a possible renewal of his contract with McLaren are still up in the air.