Formula One: McLaren, Honda to officially announce split at Singapore Grand Prix?

Andrew Cummings
September 15, 2017

But, after the conclusion of FP1, Horner stirred the pot himself by suggesting that Red Bull will have an announcement of their own to make in the midst of the McLaren-Honda divorce and switch to Renault engines.

Immediate thoughts on this.

However, the Milton Keynes-based outfit has apparently been informed by current engine partner Renault that it will no longer supply its engine to Red Bull after the end of the 2018 season.

As news of the McLaren-Honda break-up was formally confirmed at the Singapore Grand Prix, Takahiro Hachigo said he was sad the partnership had not delivered results, but said that in the end it would not have been good for them to stay together.

The eight-time constructor's champions have scored points at just two races this year and sit above only Sauber in the standings ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix.

The highly-rated Spaniard, in the Red Bull stable since the age of 16, will drive alongside Nico Hulkenberg next season with Jolyon Palmer paying for an as yet pointless campaign - but he will keep his seat for the rest of 2017.

"I hope that he's got a auto to fight with us next year", said Hamilton, while sitting alongside his former team-mate in the Singapore GP Drivers' Press Conference.

Renault too will have its interests advanced by moving a step away from its acrimonious Red Bull relationship and adding a high-profile brand to its supply portfolio, plus it gets Carlos Sainz, one of the sport's highest rated young drivers, into a yellow vehicle to replace the hitherto pointless Jolyon Palmer.

So, Red Bull will be forced to use Honda engines - which have failed McLaren badly in recent years - with both its teams in 2019.

The Russian's team mate Carlos Sainz, expected to head off to Renault next season as part of the complex engine saga, sat out the session, handing his auto to Formula 2 racer Sean Gelael.

"I don't think anybody has got what they want out of it".

"When you stop after the race and the adrenaline decreases you feel it even more", he said.

Red Bull are also hoping the circuit masks the power deficiencies of their Tag Heuer-badged Renault (PA:) engine.

The news is unlikely to be welcomed by drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, both of whom are hungry for victories and to fight for the championship title.

Now the big question is will Fernando Alonso decide to stay with a different engine in the auto.

"I have got decisions to make once my Red Bull contract is up". Moving from one under-performing engine to the most unreliable one on the grid is hardly an enticing prospect for two of the most highly-rated drivers in F1.

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