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McLaren-Alpine 2018 Livery Study Really Has Us Wondering

McLaren-Alpine 2018 Livery Study Really Has Us Wondering

The worst kept secret in Formula One is finally official: McLaren and Honda have agreed to terminate their partnership at the end of the 2017 season in favor of a three-year deal with Renault Sport for its power units.

Honda will stay in Formula One, replacing Renault as engine supplier to Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso, whose Spanish driver Carlos Sainz moves to the French team on loan for the 2018 season.

Renault's signing of Carlos Sainz triggered news that Toro Rosso and McLaren will swap engine suppliers in 2018, the one going to Honda, the other to Renault.

Formula 1 team Renault has made a host of announcements, just ahead of the weekend's Singapore grand prix.

As part of the engine merry-go-round, Renault has signed Carlos Sainz Jr. on loan from Red Bull for 2018 to partner Hülkenberg, leaving Palmer out in the cold. "There have been suggestions for 35 races that I might not be in the next one, or in the next few". Toro Rosso confirmed that it was taking on Honda power units in a multi-year deal today.

Alonso, 36, is out of contract with McLaren at the end of the season, but is set to put pen-to-paper on a one-year extension.

"I have a contract and I have seven more races this year", Palmer 26, said.

McLaren-Alpine 2018 Livery Study Really Has Us Wondering
McLaren-Alpine 2018 Livery Study Really Has Us Wondering

Horner was expected to attend a news conference later Friday at the Singapore GP, as was Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul. It is true that we have gone through a very tough situation and nobody is satisfied with the current results especially the board.

"I hope that both parties will gain a great deal from it as we develop together", he said. This will give Carlos a different challenge and we will be keenly watching his progress there as he remains part of the Red Bull family.

"It will be a question of adaption of our plans rather than a wholesale change and we are in the process of re-planning our our design and production activities in conjunction with Honda to ensure that we both hit all our important deadlines", said Key.

But Honda has struggled to produce an engine on the pace of rival manufacturers Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault, and has also struggled badly with reliability.

WITH McLaren, the Honda dream turned into a nightmare, but with less pressure at Toro Rosso the Japanese firm can still come good.

It is also unaccustomed territory for Toro Rosso, who haven't visited the podium since Sebastian Vettel's stunning win in the 2008 Italian Grand Prix. Red Bull-backed Sainz, who has driven for Toro Rosso since 2015, has been 'loaned' to Renault by the energy drinks firm.