Here is some F1 News from over the past month including the cancellation of the Sauber-Honda deal for 2018 and the introduction of the Halo for 2018.
Dennis cuts ties with McLaren
Ron Dennis has agreed to sell his remaining shares in the McLaren Technology Group and McLaren Automotive, bringing to an end his 37-year association with the company.
During his tenure, Dennis, who took control of McLaren in 1980 and remained team principal of the F1 team until 2009, led the Woking-based squad to 158 Grand Prix wins and 17 Formula 1 World Championships, managing some of the greatest drivers in the history of motorsport including Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton.
Ferrari: Not interested in Alonso for 2018
Ferrari have ruled out Fernando Alonso rejoining the team for 2018. Sergio Marchionne, Ferrari’s president, told Sky Sports in Italy that any interest Alonso had in a return to the team he left in 2014 would not be replicated. The Ferrari president’s comments mean the top three teams on the grid have all now effectively shut the door on signing the former world champion when his McLaren contract expires at the end of the season.
Sauber cancel 2018 Honda deal
Sauber and Honda have announced that they will not be going ahead with their planned technical partnership for the 2018 season. The move follows the appointment of new team principal Frederic Vasseur, who replaces Monisha Kaltenborn after her departure in June. Vasseur said the decision was “made for strategic reasons, with the best intent for Sauber’s future in mind”. Sauber has resigned with Ferrari to use their engines next year.
FIA introduce Halo for 2018
F1 will introduce the controversial Halo cockpit protection device onto cars for the 2018 season. An FIA statement read: “Following the unanimous agreement of the Strategy Group, in July 2016, to introduce additional frontal protection for Formula 1 and the repeated support from the drivers, the FIA confirms the introduction of the Halo for 2018.