McLaren executive director Zak Brown says that a change of engine manufacturers was needed at McLaren in a bid to get the team back to the top step. The woking squad announced at the Singapore GP weekend that it would split from Honda at the end of the season.
In 2018, it will be running with Renault units, which are expected to boost them up the grid’s pecking order. McLaren’s disastrous three-year relationship with Honda led the team with zero podiums and many issues with speed and reliability.
Honda completely changed its 2017 power unit design as it couldn’t progress further on its 2016 developments.