Date: 2nd August 2017 at 5:32pm
Written by:

It has been a busy time for Sauber.

There has been a change of boss with former Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn being moved on and Frederic Vasseur coming in.

That move appears to be part of, or the catalyst of why Sauber have now ditched their plans to partner with Japanese car manufacturer Honda for 2018.

‘During discussions after management changes at the team, we reached a mutual agreement to call-off the project due to differences in the future directions of both parties,’ Honda chief Masashi Yamamoto told Sky Sports.

Sauber are currently the backmarkers of the field, running year old Ferrari power-units for the 2017 Formula One World Championship.

But following their divorce before marriage move with Honda, they have now signed back up with Ferrari for 2018.

According to Sky Sports, the new and improved multi-year deal will see them obtain up-to-date power units.

It also sees Sauber and Ferrari extend their partnership beyond a decade, having first competed together in 2007.

‘I am very pleased to confirm that we will continue to work with Scuderia Ferrari as our engine supplier in form of a multi-year agreement,’ Vasseur said.

‘The shared experience between the Sauber F1 Team and Ferrari has built a strong foundation, which will allow us to move forward swiftly and efficiently, also in terms of the development of the 2018 car.

‘I am convinced that together we can achieve the results which reflect the passion and determination that is, and always has been, behind the Sauber F1 Team.’