Ecclestone: McLaren no happier with Renault
13 September 2017 – McLaren will be no happier with Renault than it has been with Honda, ahead of the team's impending switch of engine supplier, according to Formula 1 Chairman Emeritus Bernie Ecclestone.
McLaren is poised to sever its ties with Honda at the end of the season, following three years blighted by poor reliability and performance, in which it has taken a best race result of fifth.
McLaren will instead move across to using Renault power units, with Toro Rosso in line to switch to Honda, enabling the Japanese manufacturer to remain in Formula 1.
The engine deals are set to trigger announcements in the driver market, with Fernando Alonso to stay at McLaren, Carlos Sainz Jr. to move to Renault, allowing Pierre Gasly to slot in at Toro Rosso.
Ecclestone, though, while believing Alonso's deal is "super news", does not feel McLaren's mood will be improved by its switch of power unit partners for 2018.
"The Renault deal is all done, Alonso staying is super news," Ecclestone is quoted by the Daily Mail.
"But I can't see why McLaren will be any happier with Renault than they are with Honda.
"It wasn't Honda's fault things didn't work out, it was McLaren's.
"Every day they had a fight about everything, instead of working with them, which was a little bit stupid."
McLaren currently holds ninth position in this year's Constructors' Championship, having scored points only in Azerbaijan and Hungary.