McLaren and Sauber could form a technical partnership in 2018 with the Swiss privateer team switching to Honda power for next season. McLaren’s Zak Brown and Sauber’s Monisha Kaltenborn are suggesting that a collaboration of Honda data could be mutually beneficial.
The agreement that sees Sauber ditch Ferrari power was announced officially at the Russian Grand Prix, despite the longstanding outlook that McLaren have had in the past about supplying a customer team. On the potential of both teams to work closely together, Zak Brown said,
“I think more data the better, as you get more data you learn more so I think it is a good thing Sauber will be running with Honda. Honda will benefit from that, therefore we will benefit from that
We have not had any conversations, but it’s natural when you have two teams that share a common power that ultimately those two teams start working more closely together in both teams’ mutual benefit.
That can take place in many shapes and forms from technical, driver to sponsor. We’ve not had those conversations but they will be a partner in the power unit and therefore someone that we want to build a closer relationship with.”
– Zak Brown
McLaren now find themselves at the bottom of the Constructors standings after Pascal Wehrlein secured 8th place for Sauber at the Spanish Grand prix, promoting the blue liveried team into 9th. Honda could find themselves supplying two teams that finish this season at the bottom of the standings if they can’t improve the power unit this season. Sauber will be lifted by the result in Barcelona, and will eye something similar around Monaco, another tricky overtaking circuit in which track position is everything.