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Ecclestone blames McLaren, not Honda, for Formula 1 split

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Ex-Formula 1 ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone believes that McLaren is to blame for its recent struggles and imminent split with engine partner Honda.

McLaren is poised to announce in the coming days it will be ending its engine deal with Honda after three difficult years, linking up with Renault from 2018.

Now F1’s chairman emeritus following Liberty Media’s takeover of the sport in January, Ecclestone expressed his doubt over McLaren’s decision, believing the team will be no better off with Renault than it is now with Honda.

“The Renault deal is all done. [Fernando] Alonso staying is super news,” Ecclestone told the Daily Mail.

“‘But I can’t see why McLaren will be any happier with Renault than they are with Honda.

“It wasn’t Honda’s fault things didn’t work out – it was McLaren’s. Every day they had a fight about everything, instead of working with them, which was a little bit stupid.”

Montreal Mayor cancels Formula E’s planned season four finale

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New Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has cancelled the FIA Formula E Championship’s planned season four finale, which was set for two races on July 28 and 29, 2018, citing what was termed a “financial fiasco.”

Plante was elected to replace Denis Coderre in the role, and didn’t follow Coderre’s support of the event.

She announced the news today citing financial and logistical challenges she didn’t feel the city could overcome.

Via a report in the CBC, Plante’s administration estimated a potential cost of up to $35 million would needed to be paid by the city’s taxpayers for the event’s second running. Additionally, a nonprofit organization reportedly owes creditors some $9.5 million.

Plante revealed details today in a series of messages posted on Twitter, which you can see in order below.

A Formula E spokesperson supplied a statement of the surprise news to e-racing365.com:

Formula E’s fourth season underwent one calendar change with a return to Punta Del Este, Uruguay replacing a cancelled race in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Whether a replacement can be sourced for this race weekend will now remain to be seen.