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McLaren, Honda to split?

ANI  |  Johannesburg [South Africa] 

If reports are to be believed, and are now on the verge of a split.

As per Sport24, Germany's Auto Bild has made this sensational claim about the Anglo-Japanese team as their nightmare continued in with a first-lap practice failure for

The Spaniard suffered an engine failure on his first lap in practice at the Spanish Grand Prix, the latest in a series of problems for in 2017.

It is reported that owner Mansour Ojjeh and boss Zak Brown with chief Toto Wolff after that disastrous session in the motor home, where they discussed a engine deal for 2018.

"Yes, we met," Wolff confirmed, but did not divulge the details of the meeting.

However, as per Auto Bild, a plan is being devised to save face for struggling Honda, who will reportedly announce a grand plan to work exclusively with Sauber in 2018 and beyond.

The report also added that could however face a legal trouble following the split with

There are widespread rumours that are to assist with their engine technology in an attempt to help the Japanese company catch up.

"We are not doing anything for That is the current status quo," Wolff said.

"So unless that situation changes, I don't want to contribute to rumours out there that I think are damaging for We'll see what happens," he added.

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First Published: Sun, May 14 2017. 16:02 IST