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Sauber will run Honda engines in 2018 - Photo: LAT

Sauber will run Honda engines in 2018 – Photo: LAT

Sauber have announced that they will be running Honda engines from the 2018 Formula 1 season.

After celebrating 25 years in Formula 1, the Swiss team has struck a deal with the Japanese manufacturer to run their engines next year. Ending Sauber’s long term relationship with Ferrari.

The deal also ends the exclusive relationship between McLaren and Honda. An effort that Honda hopes will return them to a “dominant strength as soon as possible”.

Sauber’s Monisha Kaltenborn, was happy with the new deal.

“It is a great honor for the Sauber F1 Team to be able to work together with Honda in the coming seasons.”

“Our realignment is not just visible through the new ownership but also now with our new technological partnership with Honda.”

“We very much look forward to our partnership with Honda, which sets the course for a successful future – from a strategic as well as from a technological perspective. We thank Honda for making this great partnership happen.”

While Honda’s Katsuhide Moriyama also made a statement about the new partnership.

“In addition to the partnership with McLaren which began in 2015, Honda will begin supplying power units to Sauber as a customer team starting from next year.”

“This will be a new challenge in Honda’s F1 activities. In order to leverage the benefits of supplying to two teams to the maximum extent, we will strengthen the systems and capabilities of both of our two development operations, namely HRD Sakura and the operation in Milton Keynes.”