Christian Horner believes that a possible Formula 1 engine deal between Toro Rosso and Honda for 2018 would open up a future option for the senior Red Bull team as talks continue before tonight’s deadline.

Toro Rosso and Honda have been engaged in talks throughout the summer as the Japanese manufacturer looks to keep a foothold in F1 should it cut ties with McLaren at the end of the year.

Toro Rosso currently races with Renault power units, but could be set to swap supplies with McLaren for 2018, with a decision reportedly required by 6pm tonight.

Numerous meetings have been taking place throughout this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza, with Horner believing McLaren’s decision will set the dominoes in motion.

“It’s not our business but at the end of the day, certain things have to fall into place,” Horner told Sky Sports.

“There’s obviously discussion around what are McLaren doing with Honda, does that open up other avenues for Toro Rosso for instance?

“Until McLaren and Honda sort out their business, nothing else will happen.”

Horner seemed receptive to a possible deal between Toro Rosso and Honda, believing it could give Red Bull an option on a future engine supply given its own struggles with Renault.

“For us, that scenario could be quite interesting as it would provide an option,” Horner said.

“At the moment we don’t have any options. In this business you always want to have a few options available to you.”

Despite being Red Bull’s B-team, Horner stressed that Toro Rosso’s engine movements will not impact the senior operation in 2018.

“It doesn’t directly affect us. It’s much more of a Toro Rosso issue as they’ll have to design a car and a gearbox around that power unit if they decide to go down that route for next year,” Horner said.

“It’s getting pretty late in the day now, so that’s why we’re very much at a cut-off. I think that applies to McLaren as well if they were to change.

“So it’s a little bit like musical chairs, just waiting for the music to stop.”

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