McLaren to drop Mercedes engines for Honda – report

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McLaren will be reunited with former engine partner Honda, reviving a collaboration which gave the British team, along with the late Ayrton Senna, plenty of success in late 80s and early 90s, according to report by the BBC.

Honda fielded its own team for three successive years until it pulled out of Formula 1 completely at the end of the 2008 season. Before that it competed in the sport solely as an engine supplier.

Changes in regulations in 2014, which will see the introduction of turbo-charged V6s with energy recovery systems, are believed to have enticed the Japanese manufacturer to consider returning to the sport with McLaren expected to change its supplier from 2015 onwards.

“McLaren has a contract with Mercedes with options for the team to renew for 2014 and 2015. McLaren are expected to take up only the first of those options,” read the sport on the BBC website.

Honda had admitted last month that it was “studying the idea of an F1 return”.

“Honda's decision to re-enter F1 vindicates the switch to the new engine formula, which has been criticised and opposed by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone as an unnecessary expense,” said the BBC.

Mercedes, McLaren and Honda are yet to confirm this likelihood, dismissing the notion as media rumours.


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