The crazy chain reaction of the Honda quake
Munich – The imminent separation of McLaren and Honda triggers a quake in Formula 1. Carlos Sainz must be going to Renault. Fernando Alonso is the winner. For months, the motor dispute between McLaren and Honda occupied Formula 1. According to motorsport-total. com, Honda signed a new deal with Toro Rosso last Friday, and the divorce is said to be a decision after three years of unsuccessful cooperation. The Red Bull team Toro Rosso has decided to give up working with Renault and, starting this season, opt for the Japanese as their engine supplier, while McLaren switches to Renault after the separation from Honda, triggering a real Formula 1 earthquake, with the Spanish Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz reportedly also being involved in the deal. Sainz could be Nico Hülkenberg’s new team mate from the Malaysia Grand Prix onwards, and Jolyon Palmer, who has been without points to date, would then have to vacate his cockpit at Renault in return. On the other hand, the Japanese allegedly want to place their junior pilot Nobuharu Matsuhita with Toro Rosso. However, since he has no Formula 1 experience at all, he will probably only be able to compete on Fridays, but the main beneficiary of the separation from McLaren and Honda would be Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard made it clear time and again that he didn’t want to spend another year with Honda engines after numerous problems, so Alonso could stay with the English and try to get back on top next season – if the cooperation with Renault bears fruit. McLaren collected a three-digit million dollar sum for the collaboration each year, and by 2019 Honda is expected to supply not only Toro Rosso, but both Red Bull teams, which means that it looks like a win-win situation for all parties involved in the deal.