F1 »

No debate for McLaren, but Honda keen to supply Red Bull

McLaren remains steadfast in its opposition to any deal between Honda and Red Bull next season, as Horner confirms the Japanese firm is 'keen' to supply.
Christian Horner has revealed Honda is 'keen' to supply its power units to the team in 2016, though McLaren is remaining steadfast in blocking such a deal.

With Mercedes and Ferrari refusing to offer an engine supply for 2016 and current provider Renault seemingly not an option either as the two parties sort the terms of their divorce, Red Bull's hopes of a prominent engine deal appears to rest with Honda.

With news of discussions between Red Bull and Honda emerging over the United States Grand Prix weekend, Horner confirmed as much in Mexico by saying Honda is 'keen' to offer a supply in a deal that is also being supported by the FIA and FOM if it keeps the four-time title winning team on the grid.

“Honda are very keen but unfortunately they have a contractual status that is between them and McLaren and has nothing to do with us. It's for them to decide amongst themselves what they want to do.”

“I haven't spoken to anyone at McLaren other than Ron Dennis, who is the one guy who has the right of say there. His views were quite clear

However, despite the positive discussions between Red Bull and Honda, McLaren's opposition remains a significant hurdle to clear, with Eric Boullier saying the matter is of 'no debate', adding that McLaren isn't a 'charity' to support Red Bull.

“I'm going to repeat myself, as partner we have to agree on strategies so this is not a question of trying to say 'Ron says no' or 'Arai says yes' there is no debate on this.

“Clearly there is an issue with Red Bull which was created by Red Bull and not by anybody else and we are not a charity foundation so we are not here to help. We are not going to go into this debate so today there is discussions.”


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
23.10.2015- free practice 1, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Honda MP4-30
14.05.2017 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
14.05.2017 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
14.05.2017 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
14.05.2017 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
14.05.2017 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32
14.05.2017 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32
(L to R): Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing; Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari; Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari; Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1; Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1, as the grid observes the national anthem.
14.05.2017.
Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32.
14.05.2017.
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13.
14.05.2017.
Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren F1 
14.05.2017.
Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32.
14.05.2017.
The McLaren MCL32 of Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren is removed from the circuit.
14.05.2017.
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL32 crashes out of the race.
14.05.2017.
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40 and Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL32 clash.
14.05.2017.
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40 and Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL32 clash.
14.05.2017.
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari celebrates his second position with Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing on the podium.
14.05.2017.
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari celebrates his second position with Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing on the podium.
14.05.2017.

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.