McLaren’s partnership with Honda next year looks set to be an exclusive one, for the moment at least, putting an end to hopes that other teams may have had in being able to partner with the engine-maker.
The Japanese company’s Yasuhisa Arai has said that it has no plans to expand its power unit supply to a second team next year when they return to Formula 1 after a six-year absence.
“For 2015, McLaren is our only customer,” he told journalists at yesterday’s FIA Press Conference at the Chinese Grand Prix.
“I don’t think about the future, because we want to concentrate on next season. “Of course we want to have good results next season and see the results from other manufacturers. If teams want to use our engine or power unit, we can deliver after 2016 but right now there are no plans.”
Honda is the first engine manufacturer to enter – or return to, in its case – Formula 1 following the sport’s move to turbo-hybrid engine technology, and this was a deciding factor in its decision, Arai added.
“One of the major reasons for our decision was the new regulation introduced this year and that the various green technologies in the new Formula One power unit, as well as the total energy management are both very challenging and significant,” he said.
“The new regulations encourage each power unit supplier to pursue the ultimate combustions efficiency and high pressure direct injections. Thus the challenge is to convert each unit of gasoline into energy and this is expected to be reflected on the huge production mode [in the broader car industry].”
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