McLaren to split with title sponsor Vodafone

By Chris Lines, AP, 14 March 2013
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As hard as McLaren may work for its sponsors, they have lost their biggest one, with the team confirming Thursday that title sponsor Vodafone will leave at the end of this season, after being together for seven years.

The team said a new major sponsor had been decided and would be announced at the end of the season on December 2.

Among the potential replacement sponsors are Honda -- with speculation growing that the Japanese manufacturer will return as an F1 engine supplier next season -- and Mexican communications group Telmex -- which currently sponsors Sauber but may be lured to follow driver Sergio Perez to McLaren.


Edited AP report


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