Struggling to score points throughout their three-year partnership, McLaren’s frustrations with Honda boiled over this season.
That led to speculation about their future with McLaren bosses acknowledging that they couldn’t continue without the prospect of podiums and race wins, and that maybe it was time had come to call it quits on the endeavour.
And that’s what they did this week.
McLaren announced on Friday in Singapore that they would no longer use Honda engines from the end of this season.
“There has never beeen any doubt about Honda’s committment and energy to the mission of success in Formula 1,” said McLaren chief Zak Brown.
“They are proven winners and innovators.
“For a combination of reasons our partnership has not flourised as any of us would have wished.
“It is certainly not for the want or effort on the part of either Honda or McLaren, but the time has come to move ahead in different directions.
“As fellow racers, we hope to see the great name of Honda get back to the top – our sport is better for their involvement.”
Brown went on to confirm that McLaren would instead run Renault engines for the next three years.
“Today’s announcement gives us the stability we need to move ahead with our chassis and technical programme for 2018 without any further hesitation,” he explained.
“As an organisation, McLaren has always worked extremely hard to form lasting partnerships with its technical suppliers. We’re convinced that we can bring real value to Renault Sport Racing as we work alongside it to develop this current power unit into a regular race winner.”