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Honda unhappy with new engine supply rules

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18/05/2016

Honda F1 boss, Yusuke Hasegawa, has admitted that his company is unhappy at plans to 'force' manufacturers to supply engines.

Under the new rules engine manufacturers have to be prepared to supply multiple teams, the direct result of the Red Bull saga that dominated last year when the Austrian team was unable to secure a suitable deal, Mercedes and Ferrari having turned it down.

Currently, Honda is only due to supply one team in 2017, McLaren, however under the new rules it can be compelled to supply other teams.

"We are not happy," Yusuke Hasegawa told Autosport. "We understand we need to supply multiple teams. We have to contribute to the F1 society... currently Ferrari and Mercedes are providing to four teams and we are only one.

"We are not controlled by FIA to select a team so as a regulation point of view, I don't think it's a very good thing," he added. "Our performance isn't high enough to have more conversations from other teams. So we need to wait to see what happens on June 1."

The June 1 deadline is the point at which the FIA steps in should any team find itself without an engine deal for 2017, and, believe it or not, if talks cannot settle the matter the issue would be decided by ballot.

That said, it is understood that under certain conditions the manufacturer could decline.

"It's not automatic," Hasegawa confirmed. "The FIA recommends to start negotiations with certain teams. We need to fix some conditions, like cost price. If we can't agree with that, it's impossible to have that connection. We have to try to make a negotiation."

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1. Posted by You Started It!!, 20/05/2016 4:35

"Can't see anyone wanting a Honda engine at the moment."

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2. Posted by Darvi, 19/05/2016 7:58

"Jonno, I agree. The FIA is a waste of space and needs to step upto the mark and take ownership of its premier formula. It has allowed too much power to be syphoned off by FOM and that has created a lot of the issues we have today. The FIA needs to get back power and put a long term vision and plan in place for F1 which includes a fairer distribution of money to teams and less money going to FOM."

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3. Posted by Jonno, 18/05/2016 17:58

"F1 continues to be a laughing stock. Engine manufacturers are forced to supply engines at a loss to teams that are allowed to rebadge them, so they don't even have to put a logo on their cars, but FOM are allowed to get away with giving small teams the minimum or no money for racing.
Don't expect Audi or any other major manufacturer to get involved any time in the next 100 years.
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4. Posted by hussainahm, 18/05/2016 16:22

"I can't see any customer team not keep their current engines. Manor is a Mercedes junior team, Haas is a Ferrari junior team, Red Bull will stay with Renault, maybe the only question mark is Sauber."

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