Rumour goes that RBR have developed 2 chassis' for 2018; the current one and one in which the Honda engine fits.
Don't be surprised when RBR will be running as RBR Honda in the 2nd half of the season when it's no longer possible for any of their drivers to become WDC
I dont think that is possible by rules, but i am not sure. Will be happy to be corrected.
I see the Honda Deal as a testing ground for RBR. They have Aston Martin as their principle sponsors and it is long know that AM is very interested in the new engine regs of 2021 if they are favourable. Using Honda as a development curve, along with the technical input of the likes of Ilmor and others, AM/RBR can use this as an opportunity to get ahead of other Engine manufactures once the new regulations are agreed (most likely before the end of the season). If the regs are favourable and AM do decide they want to be an engine manufacture, this is a good opportunity, Just like Mercedes did before the 2014 regulations came into effect. They had massive inputs into the regs and started developing the power unit way early (due to their un-competitiveness in 2011-2013) and the result was a PU way superior than anyone else. A feat unlikely to be achieved again, however at least AM can learn a lot from the Honda development in house and apply that to their own engine for 2021.
This is very good for F1 in the long term. If Honda can get on par with Renault this year interms of power and reliabiliity, we can be sure of RBR putting it to good use in 2019, maybe even get wins!
Edited by iSpeedFreak, 19 June 2018 - 11:03.