Honda 'will work as one team' with STR
15 September 2017 – Honda Chief Executive Officer Takahiro Hachigo says the manufacturer and Toro Rosso will "work as one team" after the announcement of a long-term partnership between the parties.
Honda returned to Formula 1 with McLaren at the start of 2015 but suffered from a lack of reliability and performance, prompting McLaren to seek an exit after a third disappointing year.
Once it became clear that McLaren had decided to split with Honda, and began negotiations with Renault, Honda and Toro Rosso talks progressed, amid hopes of a 2018 alliance.
On Friday, Honda confirmed that it has reached an agreement with Toro Rosso, and vowed to work "as one team" in order to achieve success.
"Toro Rosso is an experienced team with a youthful energy and history of nurturing the stars of the future," said Hachigo.
"Everyone at Honda is looking forward to working with Toro Rosso, and we are excited to start this new chapter in our Formula 1 journey with them.
"Honda and Toro Rosso will work as one team to strive for progress and a successful future together.
"We appreciate the support of our fans as we begin this challenge."
Hachigo also acknowledged the role of Formula 1 owner Liberty Media and the sport's governing body the FIA in aiding the move.
Both organisations were keen to keep Honda in Formula 1 for 2018, in the wake of McLaren opting to dump the company, and Sauber aborting its planned partnership.
"I would like to express our appreciation to Liberty Media and the FIA for their cooperation toward the realisation of this partnership," commented Hachigo.
Hachigo also spoke of the split with McLaren, saying: "It is unfortunate that we must part ways with McLaren before fulfilling our ambitions.
"However, we made the decision with a belief that this is the best course of action for each other's future."