Honda open to customer teams from 2016

Honda open to customer teams from 2016

2 September 2014 – Honda says it would be open to supplying customer teams in Formula 1 from the 2016 campaign, having clarified that its power unit exclusivity agreement with McLaren will only last for one season.

After spending six years on the sidelines, Honda will return to the sport as the Woking-based outfit's engine supplier in 2015, marking a second phase as technical partners after a previous stint from 1988 to 1992.

But while the Japanese manufacturer's comeback season is devoted to McLaren, its motorsport chief, Yasuhisa Arai, has not ruled out working with other squads in the future should there be sufficient interest.

"In 2015 we don't have the plan to supply any team other than McLaren," he told the official Formula 1 website.

"In 2016 or after, if some teams or partners ask us to supply them too, we will take a look at that situation."

But Arai made clear that Honda will put a winning partnership with McLaren before potential financial gains.

"Even in 2016 McLaren will be our main partner in Formula 1," Arai went on to explain.

"And even if we supply other teams from 2016 our main focus will always be to win – to make the engine better through more data – and not necessarily to look at a return on investment. If you win that comes automatically."

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