Honda has confirmed that engine guru Gilles Simon has left his role as a consultant in the wake of the McLaren’s dismal start to pre-season testing.
Simon, who played an integral role at Ferrari during Michael Schumacher’s reign, joined Honda in 2013 to work on the V6 turbo hybrid engine.
The partnership, though, has failed to yield the success for McLaren-Honda.
After two years of struggling, the team had hoped for a solid start to this year’s pre-season testing but have instead been swamped by reliability issues.
It is not known whether this played a role in Simon’s departure.
“It is true that we are ending the contract with Gilles Simon sometime this year under each other’s agreement,” a Honda spokesperson told GPUpdate.net.
“However, as it is a contract issue between him and Honda, we do not disclose further details.
“We appreciate very much his great support and contribution to Honda’s fourth era F1 project.”