Toro Rosso secures multi-year Honda deal
15 September 2017 – Toro Rosso will switch to using Honda power units next year, in the wake of McLaren severing its ties with the manufacturer.
Honda had intended to enter 2018 with McLaren and Sauber, but McLaren lost faith and opted to switch to Renault, while Sauber cancelled its plans and renewed with Ferrari.
Toro Rosso emerged as a viable alternative for Honda prior to the summer break, aiding the financial prospects of the team, and ostensibly allowing Red Bull to evaluate the Japanese power plants.
It marks the fourth year in a row that Toro Rosso will change its engine partner between seasons, having moved from Renault, to Ferrari, back to Renault, and now onto Honda.
"Everyone in our team is very much looking forward to working with Honda," said Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost.
"Ever since its founder Soichiro Honda entered his motorcycles in events, racing has always been a central part of the company's ethos.
"It's a very exciting challenge and I hope that both parties will gain a great deal from it as we develop together.
"Honda has a long history in Formula 1, dating back to 1964 when it first entered the sport with its own team and, as an engine supplier it has taken five Drivers' World Championship titles and six Constructors'.
"This heritage, together with the full confidence that we have in Honda's capabilities to succeed, make me strongly believe that we will achieve a fruitful future together."