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McLaren could set test Honda engine during 2014

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McLaren could be ready to test a Honda engine before the end of 2014.

That is the claim of team boss Eric Boullier, even though the Frenchman’s immediate task after joining McLaren from Lotus is to win races with Mercedes power.

After a promising start, McLaren’s season has slumped, and yet the newly-returned ‘supremo’ Ron Dennis is demanding race wins long before the switch to works Honda power.

“I know why he (Dennis) is saying it,” said Jenson Button. “We have to be quicker this year if we want to be quick next year.

“We have to keep on pushing and will not let up, unlike maybe Mercedes once they have a 300 point lead,” he smiled.

London newspaper The Times claims Boullier has been given “carte blanche” by Dennis to depart from traditional McLaren methods and “start again”.

The highly-anticipated Honda era, meanwhile, may get an unexpectedly early start, with Boullier hinting the Japanese-made turbo V6 could get its first laps in Abu Dhabi at the end of the season.

“We have thought about it,” said the Frenchman, referring to whether McLaren could immediately switch to Honda power for the post-race test after the Abu Dhabi finale in November.

“We are currently running a Mercedes engine until Abu Dhabi so we will not run anything else, but we have thought to maybe try the (Honda) car afterwards,” added Boullier.

However, he dismissed the suggestion that – already without a title sponsor in 2014 – McLaren might as well write off this season in favour of the 2015 project.

“We definitely are not in a limbo year,” he said.

“We are working just flat-out at Woking and a title sponsor doesn’t change anything anyway as our budget is in place already.

“Obviously next year’s power unit is another programme but it is not affecting what we are doing at all,” Boullier added. (GMM)

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McLaren-Honda Grand Prix Status

SeasonNameCarEngineWCC Position
1992Honda McLarenMP4-6B/7AHonda2nd (99 pts)
1991Honda McLarenMP4-6HondaChampion (139 pts)
1990Honda McLarenMP4-5BHondaChampion (121 pts)
1989Honda McLarenMP4-5HondaChampion (141 pts)
1988Honda McLarenMP4-4HondaChampion (199 pts)

McLaren-Mercedes Grand Prix Status

SeasonNameCarEngineWCC Position
2014McLaren MercedesMP4-29Mercedes-Benz5th* (43 pts)
2013McLaren MercedesMP4-28Mercedes-Benz5th (122 pts)
2012McLaren MercedesMP4-27Mercedes-Benz3rd (378 pts)
2011McLaren MercedesMP4-26Mercedes-Benz2nd (497 pts)
2010McLaren MercedesMP4-25Mercedes-Benz2nd (454 pts)
2009McLaren MercedesMP4-24Mercedes-Benz3rd (71 pts)
2008McLaren MercedesMP4-23Mercedes-Benz2nd (151 pts)
2007McLaren MercedesMP4-22Mercedes-BenzExcluded
2006McLaren MercedesMP4-21Mercedes-Benz3rd (110 pts)
2005McLaren MercedesMP4-20Mercedes-Benz2nd (182 pts)
2004McLaren MercedesMP4-19/19B Mercedes-Benz5th (69 pts)
2003McLaren MercedesMP4-17DMercedes-Benz3rd (142 pts)
2002McLaren MercedesMP4-17Mercedes-Benz3rd (65 pts)
2001McLaren MercedesMP4-16 Mercedes-Benz2nd (102 pts)
2000McLaren MercedesMP4-15Mercedes-Benz2nd (152 pts)
1999McLaren MercedesMP4-14Mercedes-Benz2nd (124 pts)
1998McLaren MercedesMP4-13Mercedes-BenzChampion (156 pts)
1997McLaren MercedesMP4-12Mercedes-Benz4th (63 pts)
1996McLaren MercedesMP4-11Mercedes-Benz4th (49 pts)
1995McLaren MercedesMP4-10/B/CMercedes-Benz4th (30 pts)

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