Few seasons into the partnership have not yielded any positive results, which led to the decision to split up by Honda. During the tenure, both organizations have had some success, thanks to the partnership’s commitment and energy to the mission of success in Formula 1.
McLaren admitted that for a combination of reasons the partnership has not flourished as any of us would have wished. It is certainly not for the want of effort on the part of either Honda or McLaren, but the time has come to move ahead in different directions.
McLaren’s Group Executive Chairman and Executive Committee principal Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa said, “Honda is a great company which, like McLaren, is in Formula 1 to win. Although our partnership has not produced the desired success, that does not diminish the great history our two companies have enjoyed together, nor our continued efforts to achieve success in Formula 1. At this point in time, it is in the best interests of both companies that we pursue our racing ambitions separately.”
Honda’s President and representative director Takahiro Hachigo commented, ““It is unfortunate that we must part ways with McLaren before fulfilling our ambitions, however, we made the decision with a belief that this is the best course of action for each other’s future. On behalf of Honda, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to fans who have been very supportive of the team as well as the drivers, team members and everyone involved who shared with us in the joys and disappointments since we began preparing for our return to F1 in 2015. Honda will continue the fight together with McLaren all the way to the end of the 2017 season, and then continue its F1 racing activities in 2018 and beyond.”
Both Honda and McLaren will confirm their future plans in the sport in the near future.