Honda’s motorsport chief Yasuhisa Arai has revealed that the Japanese company will only supply McLaren in 2015, ruling out the possibility of customer power units in the short term.
“For year 2015, McLaren is our only customer,” said Arai at the Chinese Grand Prix. “I don’t think about the future, because we want to concentrate on next season.
“Of course we want to have good results next season and see the results from other manufacturers. If teams want to use our engine or power unit, we can deliver after year 2016, but right now there are no plans.”
Honda will make its return to the grid next March after a six-season absence from Formula One and Arai said that the company’s return to a sport it left because of the effects of the 2008 global economic downturn was brought about by the introduction of the new engine rules that put the emphasis on efficiency.
“One of the major reasons for our decision was the new regulation introduced this year,” he said. “The green technologies in the new Formula One power unit, as well as the total energy management, are very challenging and significant. The new regulation encourages each power unit supplier to pursue ultimate combustion efficiency. Thus the challenge is to convert each unit of gasoline into energy and this is expected to be reflected in production models. That’s the reason why [Honda has returned].”