F1 managing director Ross Brawn says McLaren’s decision to drop Honda in 2017 was “needed” so that they could find their own flaws.
The Japanese manufacturer returned to the series in 2015 as they looked to rekindle their dominant days with McLaren, but ultimately the relationship would turn out to be anything but dominant.
And after three years of power and reliability issues, McLaren announced that Renault would become their engine supplier from 2018.
But while McLaren have improved leaps and bounds since, claiming P4 in the 2019 Constructors’ Championship, so have Honda.
In 2019 they would power Red Bull to three race wins in their first season together, while their junior team Toro Rosso, now AlphaTauri, also took two podium finishes in their second year with Honda.