Sauber has announced it will switch to Honda power units from the 2018 Formula 1 world championship, ending weeks of speculation around the Japanese manufacturer extending its commitments in F1.

Honda has been eager to supply a second F1 team since returning to the sport in 2015 as engine partner with McLaren and has confirmed a new deal with Sauber which will begin in 2018.

Honda has also confirmed it will 'strengthen' its two bases for engine development at HRD Sakura and the new plant in Milton Keynes.

Sauber has described the new partnership as a 'strategic and technological' move which is hoped to transform the Swiss team's fortunes after recent struggles having narrowly avoided going under when it was purchased by Longbow Finance.

"It is a great honour for the Sauber F1 Team to be able to work together with Honda in the coming seasons," Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber CEO and team principal said. "Our realignment is not just visible through the new ownership but also now with our new technological partnership with Honda.

"We have set another milestone with this new engine era, which we await with huge excitement and of course we are looking for new opportunities.

"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."

Honda is also thrilled to announce the new deal and is confident it can help the Japanese manufacturer improve its power units and capabilities having struggled to with its V6 hybrid turbo engines with unreliability and underperformance.

"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," Katsuhide Moriyama, Chief Officer, Brand and Communication Operations at Honda, said. "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.

"We will continue our challenges so that our fans will enjoy seeing a Honda with dominant strength as soon as possible."

Sauber opted to use year-old Ferrari power units for the 2017 season as a way to manage costs and after three rounds is yet to score a point. The Swiss team wrestled tenth in the F1 world championship standings from Manor last year thanks to Felipe Nasr's ninth place finish in Brazil.

McLaren-Honda are also yet to score a point in 2017 after three races, while Stoffel Vandoorne is already picking up grid penalties for exceeding the permitted number of MGU-H parts on his power unit.

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