F1 chiefs ‘don’t want to lose valued Honda’

Date published: September 4 2017 - Editor

The Formula 1 hierarchy are “trying to do everything they can” to prevent Honda from being frozen out of the sport altogether.

The divorce settlement is expected to be announced by McLaren this week ahead of joining forces with Renault.

Honda, meanwhile, are back in discussions with Toro Rosso to supply them with power units next season after talks initially broke down.

FIA president Jean Todt has given his support to the Japanese manufacturer and Formula 1 commercial boss Sean Bratches has said that FOM also want to help keep Honda as an engine supplier.

“We don’t want to lose Honda,” Bratches told Autosport. “Honda is a long and valued partner of F1.

“We’re trying to do everything we can to encourage the respective parties to keep them in the sport and grow because we think there’s a huge opportunity going forward for everyone involved in F1.

“We need everybody in this sport to have a good business.

“Our philosophy is to conduct business in a very transparent way with an emphasis on communication.

“We don’t have any any hidden agendas. We are bringing our collective point of view to the respective parties.

“We’re optimistic that something can be figured out here.”