Toro Rosso-Honda engine deal talks called off

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Friday 18th August, 2017 - 8:11am

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STR had been negotiating with Honda over engine supply

Scuderia Toro Rosso will stay with Renault engines in 2018 after talks with Honda broke down.

Honda had hoped to add another team alongside its relationship with McLaren in order to add to its pool of data, but had seen a deal with Sauber already cancelled.

Talks with Toro Rosso had been going on for several weeks, despite the Red Bull junior team’s deal with Renault for 2018.

It is believed that Toro Rosso and Honda could not come to an arrangement regarding the financial aspects of the deal.

With time running short to come to an agreement in order for both parties to be sufficiently prepared for next year, it was decided to bring talks to an end.

Toro Rosso will continue to run Renault power units next season. Had it switched to Honda power, it would have been its third different supplier in three years.

Honda and Toro Rosso were unavailable for comment.

It remains unclear whether Honda will continue with McLaren next season after a challenging campaign so far.

McLaren is evaluating its options, even though Ferrari and Mercedes have made it clear they will not supply engines to the team.

Should McLaren split with Honda, that would force the Japanese manufacturer out of the championship and leave Renault as McLaren’s only option for a supply.

Time to agree a deal with Renault is running short, with engineers already advanced in working on next year’s car configuration.

It is believed a Renault deal – while not impossible – is unlikely, as the French marque is thought to be reluctant to expand its supply to a fourth team due to concerns it could impact on reliability.