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Toro Rosso set a 3-year deal engine with Honda

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Reports over the weekend suggested the meat of the entire complex saga is now on the bones, with McLaren to team up with Renault after splitting with Honda.

In spite of what we heard of the undecided Toro Rosso-Honda deal last month, a report by Auto Motor und Sport claims that the 2018 engine supplier swap between McLaren and Toro Rosso has gone forward, despite the questionably legality of the change, and that it will be announced at the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend.

Following the proper termination of the McLaren-Honda partnership, trusted sources close to the deal have confirmed to Autosport.com that Toro Rosso has agreed a three-year deal from 2018 with Honda, taking it to the end of the current F1 engine regulations cycle at the end of 2020.

Christian Horner says that Toro Rosso switching to Honda power would create an “option” for Red Bull down the line.

“It’s not our business but at the end of the day, certain things have to fall into place,” Horner recently told Sky Sports F1.

“There’s obviously discussion around what are McLaren doing with Honda, does that open up other avenues for Toro Rosso for instance?

“Until McLaren and Honda sort out their business, nothing else will happen.”

“For us, that scenario could be quite interesting as it would provide an option,” he said.

“At the moment we don’t have any options. In this business you always want to have a few options available to you.”

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