McLaren looking for new engine partner to replace Mercedes
22 October, 2012
Oct.22 (GMM) McLaren is reportedly seeking a new engine partner for its multiple championship winning Formula One team, with former engine partners Honda, and perhaps even Porsche, possible candidates.
Indeed, McLaren’s current Mercedes relationship will soon end, leaving the Martin Whitmarsh-led team with having to become a normal engine ‘customer’ like Force India.
Honda, the Japanese carmaker who in the past enjoyed a successful F1 partnership with McLaren, has been mentioned as a possible alternative, particularly with the sport switching from V8′s to turbo V6′s in 2014.
Honda pulled out of F1 after the 2008 season.
“I follow the rules, certainly, and if they present an opportunity then it would be nice to go back [to F1],” Honda’s head of research and development Yoshiharu Yamamoto admitted earlier this month.
The Sun newspaper said McLaren is indeed “looking to ditch Mercedes and reunite with Honda”.
“There is no way McLaren will stay as a customer for Mercedes engines,” a source is quoted as saying.
Also of late there has been speculation that Porsche, who have been hiring staff with F1 experience, may be looking to return to the fold – having had world championship winning success with McLaren in the past as part of the TAG funded turbo engine project.
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