Connect with us

F1 top news

Wolff not commenting on McLaren-Mercedes engine deal

Published

on

Toto Wolff has counted himself out of speculation regarding the dubious future of the McLaren-Honda collaboration.

Rumours were rife throughout the Montreal weekend, with many now expecting McLaren to dump Honda and simply buy a customer engine for 2018, perhaps from Mercedes.

“At the moment I do not want to participate in these rumours and discussions,” Wolff, the Mercedes chief, told Bild newspaper.

“It could be detrimental to Honda,” he added.

But the rumours persist that McLaren could actually dump Honda imminently — perhaps in the next few months.

“You could install a new power unit in any F1 car in a minimum of three months,” an unnamed F1 engine source said.

What is at least clear for now is that frustrations are reaching boiling point.

After his latest engine failure, Fernando Alonso said after the Canadian grand prix: “The speed difference on the straights with the other cars is dangerous here.

“The others pass as though you’re standing on a motorway.”

And his misery will now continue in two weeks in Baku.

“It’s not just that we lost a point here,” he said. “We lost another engine, which means I will be last in Azerbaijan.”

Worst still, the Honda upgrade that McLaren was expecting in Canada may not even be ready by Baku.

So another rumour is that even the board of the Honda Motor Company is running out of patience for the hapless F1 project.

“Obviously they (the board) are not happy right now, but they are committed to the long term project,” boss Yusuke Hasegawa said.

When asked if it is him who may have to fall on his sword, the Japanese answered: “We are trying to improve, and maybe there is someone who can do better than me.

“For the moment I am doing the best I can.”

Loading...

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2019 F19 hours ago

Perez admits Mexico GP heading for axe

Sergio Perez has admitted that his home race in Mexico looks set to drop off the 2020 calendar. Not yet...

2019 F110 hours ago

Vettel denies 2019 Ferrari design is flawed

Sebastian Vettel has dismissed suggestions the basic design of Ferrari’s 2019 car is flawed. “If it us, then there are...

2019 F12 days ago

Alonso rejected move to ‘buy’ Indy 500 seat

Fernando Alonso rejected McLaren boss Zak Brown’s desire to “buy” a seat for the Spaniard in Sunday’s Indy 500. The...

2019 F12 days ago

Dutch GP to be definite sell-out

The Dutch GP next year will definitely be a sell-out. That is not just a guess based on Max Verstappen’s...

2019 F12 days ago

Clear that Lauda would die – Doctor

Niki Lauda’s surgeon says it has been “clear for some time” that the F1 legend would not recover. Lauda, who...

2019 F12 days ago

Tilke involved in Rio’s F1 project for 2021

Hermann Tilke, the renowned F1 circuit architect, is in charge of the layout for the new project in Rio de...

2019 F12 days ago

Zandvoort’s return to Formula 1 is great for the sport- Jean Todt

Jean Todt says Zandvoort’s return to Formula 1 next year is “great” for the sport. The Netherlands’ beachside circuit last...

2019 F13 days ago

F1 legend Niki Lauda dies

Formula One legend Niki Lauda has died. On Monday, we reported that Mercedes’ 70-year-old team chairman had left rehabilitation after...

2019 F14 days ago

Another health setback for Lauda

Niki Lauda’s push to return to good health and the F1 paddock has suffered yet another setback. Osterreich newspaper reports...

2019 F14 days ago

Steiner predicts compromise rules for 2021

Two F1 experts are worried the sport is about to mess up the big opportunity of the new Concorde Agreement...

Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media