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Sauber confirm technical partnership with Honda will not go ahead // Team continue to reshuffle plans and expectations

Published by Christine Blachford

Sauber confirm technical partnership with Honda will not go ahead
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The Sauber team continue to go through plenty of changes as they adjust to life under new management, and now they’ve revealed that previous plans to partner with Honda for engines for the 2018 season and beyond have now been cancelled. Their statement was relatively brief, but brand new team principal Frédéric Vasseur has expanded on what has been going on:

He says: “The situation moved a lot compared to the beginning of the decision a couple of months ago, we had to take a decision and I think it was a good one… It always the target, we have to be quicker and quicker. The engine is a part of the deal, not only on the engine but also on the gearbox, potentially on the drivers, we have to consider all aspects of the discussion and I think it was the best decision.”

Vasseur himself is only a few days into the job, replacing Monisha Kaltenborn who departed last month. Having previously worked at Renault, Vasseur now has his work cut out for him steering Sauber into calmer waters.