McLaren has reached an agreement with Honda to end their partnership from the 2018 Formula One season, according to a report by Motorsport.com.
The move comes after a string of performance and reliability issues, which is a stark contrast to dominant partnership between the two in the late 1980s. Prior to the engine deal with Honda in 2015, McLaren was engaged with Mercedes-Benz from 1995 to 2014.
Moving forward, it is reported McLaren has established a three-year deal with Renault, which will continue to the end of the current F1 engine regulations cycle in 2020.
The power units supplied by the French brand will be similar in specification with those used in Renault Sport and Red Bull Racing cars. With the McLaren-Renault deal, the team hopes to retain the services of Fernando Alonso beyond 2017, who has been pretty vocal about the team’s lack of competitiveness.
Honda will not be leaving F1 despite McLaren’s decision, as Toro Rosso is said to make the switch from Renault to the Japanese supplier next season.
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