Last month we heard a rumor that Sauber might choose Honda to supply its turbocharged V6 Formula One engines for the 2018 season. Yesterday, Sauber confirmed the rumor, and it will combine forces with Honda from next year on, joining McLaren as the second constructor with Honda power in the field.
The news comes shortly after reports the McLaren Formula One team was considering switching away from Honda and back to Mercedes engines due to their reliability and lack of power. So far, McLaren's season has been less than optimal, with several retirements due to powertrain-related issues.
Nonetheless, Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber's team principal, feels confident its new partnership with Honda will be a successful one.
"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," she said in a press release.
reports Sauber will use gearboxes from McLaren to transfer that Honda horsepower to the pavement, which makes sense considering McLaren's experience with the power unit.
There's no word on how many seasons the Sauber-Honda deal will last. We'll just have to wait and see how the 2018 season plays out.