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McLaren planning new engine partnership with Honda – Report

Japanese car maker Honda has declared its interest of returning to Formula 1 in the future. Talking to British motoring magazine Autocar, Yoshiharu Yamamoto, a senior Honda board member who is CEO of Honda R&D, said that he is keen on getting the company back to the sport that it left in 2008 following the global economic crisis that left the company unable to justify its deal in its F1 development.

Some latest reports says that McLaren planning to parting with current engine dealer Mercedes and looking to join with Honda engines for future.

McLaren has been partnered with Mercedes engines since 1995 Formula 1 season, but the German car manufactures now has its own, completely detach works team.

The Sun newspaper said McLaren is indeed “looking to ditch Mercedes and reunite with Honda”.

Sun reported that, a source saying “There is no way McLaren will stay as a customer for Mercedes engines,”

Honda contended in F1 as a factory team from 1964 to 1968, winning three races, before withdrawing and returning as an engine supplier in 1984.

As a partner with Williams and then McLaren, Honda won six consecutive constructors’ titles from 1986 to 1991 and five consecutive drivers’ titles from 1987 to 1991.

Rcecar-engineering.com reports that Honda is interested in a come back to F1 as a supplier the season after next.


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