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Sauber considering Honda, Mercedes engines for F1 2018

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Sauber considering Honda, Mercedes engines for F1 2018
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Mar 31, 2017, 9:46 AM

Sauber is still considering its power unit options for the 2018 F1 season, with both Honda and Mercedes potential candidates to replace the Swiss outfit's long-time partner Ferrari.

Antonio Giovinazzi, Sauber C36
Honda logo on the nose of the McLaren MCL32
Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber Team Principal
Antonio Giovinazzi, Sauber C36
Yusuke Hasegawa, Senior Managing Officer, Honda
Antonio Giovinazzi, Sauber C36
Antonio Giovinazzi, Sauber C36

The team has been linked to a second Honda supply since last year, and speculation that it could even become Honda's main entry has intensified since McLaren was linked to a switch back to Mercedes following another difficult start to the season.

Pascal Wehrlein's presence at Sauber has also opened up the possibility of a part-subsidised Mercedes supply, with the Stuttgart manufacturer having done similar deals to run both the German and Esteban Ocon at Manor last year.

The final decision has to be made soon, because under Appendix 9 of the F1 Sporting Regulations manufacturers have to notify the FIA of the teams it wishes to supply by May 6.

Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn confirmed that talks have taken place with Honda.

"All I can tell you is yes we have had discussions with them," Kaltenborn told Motorsport.com. "But we are open on our engine situation.

"I think we have a couple of options. We know that a call has to be made soon. We know that, and of course the sooner you have clarity, the better for development."

Regarding Mercedes, she said: "It's also a possibility. Like I said, we have a couple of options, and we are simply not decided."

Sauber has been using Ferrari engines since the 2011 season. 

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Author Adam Cooper