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Bernie: Honda happy to supply Red Bull but Dennis blocking deal

Bernie: Honda happy to supply Red Bull but Dennis blocking deal

Honda pleased to supply Red Bull with engines 2016 F1 season but McLaren F1 boss Ron Dennis is blocking any deal, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Saturday.

“At the moment it would appear that Honda are happy to give them an engine and Mr Dennis thinks they shouldn’t,” the 84-year-old told reporters at the U.S. Grand Prix.

Ecclestone said Honda agreed years ago with the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) and himself that they would be willing to supply two teams in their second year back in Formula One and three in the third.

The Japanese manufacturer sold their works team and pulled out at the end of 2008, but returned this year as engine supplier to McLaren.

“They somehow… made a commitment to Ron that he had a veto and he doesn’t want Red Bull,” said Ecclestone. “Ron has said definitely not, as far as he’s concerned. I don’t know whether his veto will stand up legally.”

There was no immediate response from Honda. McLaren’s racing director Eric Boullier would not comment when asked on Friday about the veto.

But Honda boss Arai says: “Realistically, it would be very difficult because it is late October.”

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