Honda ex­pands UK base in prepa­ra­tion for po­ten­tial sec­ond en­gine sup­ply

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Honda has ex­panded its UK en­gine fac­tory with a view to sup­ply­ing more teams in F1.

The Ja­panese brand has its Euro­pean en­gine base in Mil­ton Keynes, which works in tan­dem with its main R&D fa­cil­ity in Tochigi, Ja­pan.

Honda’s F1 head Yusuke Hasegawa said work had been com­pleted to ex­pand the UK fa­cil­ity in prepa­ra­tion to al­low the firm to sup­ply power units to other teams in the fu­ture.

While Honda has an ex­clu­siv­ity deal with Mclaren, it is al­lowed to hold talks with other in­ter­ested par­ties and was thought to have been close to agree­ing a deal with Red Bull for this year. How­ever, Mclaren is be­lieved to have a veto op­tion to block such deals should it wish.

Hasegawa said: “We don’t have any room to pro­vide any re­sources to an­other team, but we should be that type of man­u­fac­turer. We have to pre­pare more re­sources and more or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“We’ve al­ready built up the fac­tory in Mil­ton Keynes, a larger one. It’s not huge, but it is big enough. So if we de­cide to pre­pare a sec­ond en­gine for a sec­ond team we just have to hire the peo­ple, the en­gi­neers. We have plenty of spare desks for them!”

While Hasegawa said there had been no firm re­quests for a Honda sup­ply deal out­side Mclaren for 2017, he said ini­tial ap­proaches had been made.

When asked if any of the in­ter­ested par­ties came from Mclaren’s ri­vals, Hasegawa added: “For the longer term, yes. Ac­tu­ally ev­ery­body is ask­ing me if there’s any pos­si­bil­ity that Honda can sup­ply an en­gine, but it’s just chat­ting. From a con­crete busi­ness point of view we don’t have any­thing.”

Hasegawa has held talks with teams

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