Eric Boullier: 'Honda eyeing engine customer for 2018'

McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier looks on in the paddock during day one of Formula One testing at Yas Marina Circuit on November 25, 2014
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Honda could finally be set to add a customer team to their beleaguered Formula 1 engine supply programme.

Honda could finally be set to add a customer team to their beleaguered Formula 1 engine supply programme.

Since the struggling Japanese carmaker re-entered the sport in 2015, there have been rumours of customer deals, including with Red Bull and Sauber.

However, works partner McLaren has had 'veto' power, and former team supremo Ron Dennis has insisted on exclusivity - although that could be about to change.

Honda is struggling more than ever in 2017, amid the latest rising speculation that a customer deal with Sauber is on the cards for next year and seen as an easy way to effectively double the data needed to improve.

Asked if the road is now clear for a 'customer' Honda team, McLaren team boss Eric Boullier is quoted as saying by Blick: "I think so.

"We will provide support in finding a customer.

"This year, Honda would not have been able. Everybody would have been weakened. But now things are different."

The 2017 championship resumes with the Russian Grand Prix next weekend.

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