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F1 United States Grand Prix: Ron Dennis trying to block Red Bull-Honda deal

Ron Dennis stands in the way of Honda's hopes of supplying engines to Red Bull Racing next season, according to Bernie Ecclestone.
Bernie Ecclestone says McLaren CEO Ron Dennis is attempting to exercise a veto in an effort to prevent Honda from supplying Red Bull Racing next year.

News emerged over the United States Grand Prix weekend that Red Bull has held discussions with Honda about a potential deal that would see the Japanese firm supply its engines next season in an attempt to further development of the power unit.

It comes despite McLaren repeatedly championing its exclusive relationship with Honda, while the engine manufacturer has also played down the likelihood of having resources to supply a second team in the short-term now.

However, Ecclestone says Honda's opinion has since changed, but while its intentions are in line with an agreement to FOM and the FIA that it would supply multiple teams from 2016, Dennis is insisting the relationship remains exclusive to McLaren.

“At the moment, it would appear that Honda are happy to give them an engine, and Mr Dennis thinks they shouldn't,” he told reports in Austin. “Although Honda have an agreement with the FIA and myself that we allowed them into F1 supplying engines to one team in the first year, two teams the second and three teams the third, and they somehow got involved and made a commitment to Ron that he had a veto on any engines.”

Indeed, though Ecclestone says Dennis is steadfast in his position on any potential deal with Red Bull, it remains to be seen whether his view will be heeded or whether it will result in a legal issue.

“Ron doesn't want Red Bull. I think he believes they may be competitors. Ron has said definitely not [to Honda] as far as he's concerned [but] I don't know if his veto will stand.

“Red Bull could only run Honda if Honda agreed and they won't agree and have an argument with Ron, because Ron could sue them.”

Red Bull remains without an engine supply for the 2016 season, with Honda emerging as a potential candidate in the absence of any viable option from Mercedes, Ferrari and erstwhile supplier Renault.


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Venture

October 25, 2015 3:34 PM

No one can really blame Ron for not wanting RBR to have the Honda engine, let's be fair they have endured a lot of pain with Honda this year and it's only right that they should see the benefit when it comes good. McLaren are more than capable of running at the front and only a fool would right them off, you only need to look at Williams and Ferrari to realise that good teams always bounce back.

JJJ

October 25, 2015 2:42 PM

MrJones85: I guess Adrian Newey was right. Everybody feels threatened by RB. That's the price of winning. If it was Manor would Ron still feel the same way?
Think he still might. Fact is McLaren didn't really build a good chassis in 2013 and 2014. They were about equal to FI with the same engine and fought for P5 with them till the last race in both years. Any comparison with another team using the same engine is not in McLaren's interest right now. Even if it's Manor...what if they're not 2 seconds faster but only 1 or even less next year...Suddenly all the finger pointing at Honda and claiming the chassis is good is out of the window. Plus, Honda picks up a big part of the cheque at McLaren these days. Big sponsors are absent. Weirdly Honda is the best thing McLaren has going for them now. And ok they've got two decent drivers as well, but they'll be gone if the factory support goes.



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