Honda announces split with Jordan

Honda has confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in Formula 1 by announcing that it will no longer supply the Jordan team with engines after the end of this season

Honda announces split with Jordan

The Japanese manufacturer, which returned to F1 as an engine supplier two years ago, will concentrate its programme on British American Racing from now on.

Honda's senior managing director Takeo Fukui said: "We appreciate very much the two years that we have worked together with Jordan Grand Prix. We will obviously continue to do our best for the last five races of the year.

"We'd like to give everybody at Jordan Grand Prix our best wishes for the future and look forward to some excellent racing during the 2003 season and beyond."

Honda launched its return to F1 with an engine supply and joint chassis development deal with BAR, but took on Jordan as a second partner the following year.

This year BAR and Honda extended their contract together for a further three years, while it became clear that the marque's relationship with Jordan was coming to an end.

The Silverstone-based team is almost certain to take a supply of Cosworth engines for next year (see below).

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