It’s now official, Honda will stop supplying engines to McLaren from the 2018 Formula One World Championship. Instead, the Japanese marque has announced a new deal to deliver power units to Scuderia Toro Rosso beginning from next year.

“Toro Rosso is an experienced team with a youthful energy and history of nurturing the stars of the future. Everyone at Honda is looking forward to working with Toro Rosso, and we are excited to start this new chapter in our Formula 1 journey with them,” said Takahiro Hachigo, president and representative director of Honda.

“Everyone in our team is very much looking forward to working with Honda. Ever since its founder Soichiro Honda entered his motorcycles in events, racing has always been a central part of the company’s ethos. It’s a very exciting challenge and I hope that both parties will gain a great deal from it as we develop together,” added Franz Tost, team principal of Scuderia Toro Rosso.

The announcement was one of several during the ongoing Singapore Grand Prix, with Renault revealing it will take Honda’s place as McLaren’s engine supplier from the 2018 season. This is the first time both brands have ever collaborated, and the deal will carry on into the 2019 and 2020 seasons as well.

Currently, Renault power units are being used in cars fielded by Toro Rosso as well as the French brand’s own works team – Renault Sport Racing. The latter also revealed it has acquired the services of Carlos Sainz Jr. for 2018, who will vacate his seat in Toro Rosso.

“This is a strategic decision for Renault Sport Racing. It is the first time that Renault will work with McLaren and we are proud to have reached an agreement with an organisation that has such a rich Formula 1 history,” said Jérôme Stoll, president of Renault Sport Racing.

“Renault is a manufacturer that, like McLaren, has Formula 1 deeply woven into its DNA. It introduced the concept of turbo-charging to modern F1 back in 1977, has won Grands Prix with and without turbo power, and has been a consistent pioneer and developer of new technologies in Formula 1,” noted Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa, executive chairman and executive committee principal of McLaren Group.