Honda’s deal with Sauber to supply engines to the team seems to be back on, after fears the deal could be in jeopardy.
It had been said that after former team boss Monisha Kaltenborn left the team earlier the year that the deal could be off the table, as it was Kaltenborn who had negotiated the deal.
Indeed the latest rumour has been that there was no real contract signed between the two outfits, only an official announcement and letter of intent signed. This would mean that there were no legal complications in a deal being off or on between the two teams.
The match seemed to be a good one for the two, as Sauber had been struggling to compete with Ferrari’s one year old engines which were said to be costing more than Honda engines would cost the team. It was also said that Honda wanted the deal so they had an extra car on the grid to help develop their ailing engine to become more competitive.
Honda F1 director, Mashashi Yamamoto said on the deal: "We are ready to equip Sauber with power units. I built up a lot with Monisha Kaltenborn and we would be happy to have Sauber. Honda has no objections to the originally agreed deal."