With all the problems McLaren has had with Honda engines in the past two Formula One seasons with season three also getting off to a bad start at the recent Australian Grand Prix, you have to ask yourself why any of the other teams on the grid would give switching to the Japanese engine giant a second thought.
But, it seems as if the Sauber F1 team are doing just that.
Currently running with Ferrari engines like the HaasF1 team, Sauber’s contract with the Italian marque comes to an end when the 2017 F1 season does. Whether or not they continue with Ferrari is yet to be seen, or they may take up the option to run with the Mercedes customer engine that’s up for grabs after the ManorF1 team went into administration at the start of the year.
But would they seriously considering running with an engine that has Fernando Alonso throwing his hands up in frustration? Doesn’t sound likely, but…this is Formula One after all.
“We are talking. We are talking,” Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn told Racer. “We are open with our engine situation and we have a couple of options. We know that we soon have to make a decision and we will, but we are not committed anywhere."
Another team to give feedback could be a very good thing for Honda, and we all know they are capable of producing race winning power units, but is it worth taking such a big chance? Maybe they should talk to Fernando Alonso first….