In an extraordinary move of empathy, hard nosed McLaren-Honda boss Ron Dennis has reportedly blocked Red Bull Racing from securing Honda power units for 2016.
Despite assurances from Christian Horner that, “quitting is not an option” Red Bull’s predicament looks even worse than the weather in Austin this weekend.
After having the door shut in their face by Mercedes and then Ferrari, Ron Dennis may be putting the final nail in the coffin of F1’s youngest super power.
Supplying another team with engines for next season could stretch issue plagued Honda, but it would also provide them with double the data, and that would prove invaluable. More competitive power units are always a good thing for F1.
With Volkswagen’s future F1 plans in extreme doubt, Honda was Red Bull’s last option before eating some serious crow and attempting to continue their flawed relationship with Renault.
The sport is a better place with Red Bull in it, but Ron Dennis clearly wants to spare them the painful reality of an even less reliable engine. Perhaps misery doesn’t want company after all.