Have Sauber cut ties with Honda ahead of 2018 season? Rumors within the Formula One paddock at Silverstone suggest the deal for Honda to provide power units to the Swiss Sauber team has been cancelled, leaving Honda dangerously close to finding themselves without a partner for the next racing season. News broke back in March that Sauber would be joining McLaren in 2018 as a Honda powered Formula One team, prompting speculation that the British concern would be looking to untangle themselves from their current Honda contract, paving the way for Sauber to become the official works team of the Japanese giants as they feel their way towards a more competitive Formula One Hybrid Power Unit. It now appears that with McLaren actively hunting around for alternative options for next year, Sauber too could be looking to remove themselves from an arrangement agreed by former Team Principle Monisha Kalterbourn. If Sauber and indeed McLaren exit their agreements with Honda at the end of the current season, the once proud Japanese manufacturers could be left in the embarrassing situation of having a 2018 spec hybrid PU, bit without any teams willing to put the motor in the back of one of their cars. Honda could use this potential break in supply to step away from the pressure environment of a race weekend, and develop their engine configurations back at the Honda home base in Japan, with a view to returning to the sport stronger at a later date. At the time of going to press, the cancellation of the Honda / Sauber deal remains just a strong rumour amongst several sources within the paddock. No official work from either Sauber or Honda has been made available, but will likely break during the British Grand Prix weekend. However with Honda seemingly off the table for both McLaren and Sauber, and with Mercedes and Ferrari having limited supply options for customer teams, it will be very interesting to see how the cards fall for each team at the end of the season. Check out the Formula One sub forum for more news on the sport, and join in the conversation! Do you think Sauber would be making the right move terminating their agreement with Honda? Can the Japanese manufacturer return to competitiveness in the near future? Let us know in the comments section below!