As we all know Honda wants to deliver engines to a second team on the grid. I, bruznic, believe it is Honda who’ve pushed Ron Dennis out of McLaren, because of the latter one’s reluctant attitude towards such a deal. I’ve been telling that to everyone who wants to hear it, haha. And it now seems Honda found their second team, namely Sauber.
Honda believes they’ll be able to fight for the win again, with McLaren, in 2017. Many readers here hope for the same. So they’ll love to hear that Honda gave a total make-over to their current engine design. The layout has been altered to serve both performance and packaging needs. Furthermore they’re now using the Mercedes style concept of having the compressor on one side of the engine and the turbo on the other. With both turbocharging systems joined together by a shaft between the inside of the V-bank of the engine. And thus they’re leaving their ‘size zero’ concept behind, as they feel the advantages don’t weigh up to the disadvantages…
It is also believed they’ll be using a Ferrari- style multi jet injector system in order to spray fuel inside the combustion chamber.
Their previous design had a split turbine and compressor situated within the V-bank of the internal combustion engine. In order to make the engine as tight as possible. But, like mentioned before, Honda always felt they got held back by Dennis’ decision that they’re only allowed to supply McLaren with their engines. Logically speaking four cars generate more testing opportunities than two. So who can blame them?
Now it seems they’ve found their second team! Sauber won’t be extending their current deal with Ferrari(at this moment), which was running up until the 2017 season. Honda is busy, as we speak, by upgrading their Milton Keynes based factory, in order to meet the extra supply needs.
Honda’s Yusuke Hasegawa has told the English Autosport Magazin that they want confirmation by Sauber no later as the Monaco GP, in order to deal with the necessary logistics to supply two teams.
That second team can only be Sauber, as both Red Bull and Toro Rosso are locked in by Renault. Ferrari supplies Haas and Mercedes has Williams and Force India as customers. Yesterday, January 17th, rumours emerged of talks between Honda and the Swiss based Sauber team. Sauber did not take up their option on their current Ferrari deal, which expires at the end of the new season. As it is a no risk operation for Sauber, they’re in their right mind to try and get a hold of Honda, as a supplier. Current rules state that engine manufacturers are obliged to supply customer teams with engines. Meaning Sauber has time enough to either get Honda on board or still opt to take up their Ferrari option. Or perhaps even go with Mercedes engines!