Honda's F1 efforts have hit a bit of a quagmire–the engine it's supplying to McLaren hasn't been particularly competitive, and unsurprisingly, no one else on the grid wants to put it in their car next year. Honda thinks they can make significant improvements if it can find at least one other partner in development, but as of right now, no one is interested. Yes, Honda is basically the lonely kid in the high school cafeteria right now.
with Honda's motorsports head Yusuke Hasegawa in what might be one of the saddest interviews you'll read. Honda is stuck, and it seems the only hope is a rules change in 2017 that would possibly swing things back in its favor.
"I think from a technical point of view it is good to have a second team, to have more chances to run the engines," Hasegawa told Autosport. "But also at this moment we are not strong enough ... There is not any team that wants to have a Honda engine."
Currently, Honda is the only engine constructor in F1 that only supplies a single team–even Renault provides engines to two teams (though Red Bull's engines are branded as TAG Heuer), while Ferrari and Mercedes power four teams each. A second F1 team selecting Honda power would be taking a huge leap of faith—Honda is the only engine supplier that hasn't powered a single podium finish this year.
Hasegawa told Autosport that Honda is introducing engine improvements over the next few races, but it's hard to imagine anything turning Honda's fortunes around significantly. It's a far cry from Honda's F1 glory days powering McLaren to countless victories in the late-1980s and early-1990s.