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McLaren confirm Honda split and sign three-year Renault deal

McLaren have confirmed they will split from much-maligned engine suppliers Honda and be powered by Renault from the 2018 season.

The divorce of one of Formula 1’s most famous team-engine relationships has been predicted with increasing intensity throughout a catastrophic 2017 campaign and will bring to an end a three-year partnership that has failed to garner a single podium.

“For a combination of reasons our partnership has not flourished as any of us would have wished,” said McLaren boss Zak Brown. “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 will instead be powered by Renault in 2018 after signing a three-year deal with the French manufacturer.

‘McLaren-Renault is a partnership that will challenge for victory,’ said both parties in joint statements.

McLaren have effectively swapped engine deals with Toro Rosso after Red Bull’s junior outfit surrendered their supply of Renault power units to join up with Honda.

As part of the complex arrangement, Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz will move to Renault in 2018 on loan from Red Bull.

Confirmation Fernando Alonso will stay on at McLaren following their divorce from Honda is expected next week.

Red Bull, meanwhile, have hinted they could be poised to strike an engine deal with Aston Martin.

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