In recent days, speculation the McLaren-Honda split will proceed has waned.
But Italy’s authoritative La Gazzetta dello Sport now claims Ferrari – once McLaren’s arch title nemesis – has received an “exploratory enquiry” from the British team about the possibility of an engine deal.
“It is a dramatic and unpredictable scenario that years ago would have been unimaginable,” the sports newspaper said.
F1 teams must make short-term ‘sacrifices’ – McLaren boss
McLaren executive director Zak Brown says that, F1 teams must be open to making short-term sacrifices to support new sport owners Liberty Media power F1 to more achievement in the future.
“We need to do what is right for the sport,” Brown told Autosport. “That is Chase Carey’s [F1 chairman] job, and it is not going to be easy, but McLaren are prepared to make some sacrifices for the good of the sport.
“Ultimately, what is for the good for the sport will come back and be better for us all. So, we are prepared to make some short-term sacrifices, because we think it will be better for the long term – so it doesn’t feel like a sacrifice.
“This is a time where I think we all need to work together to grow the sport.
“We are taking a 10-year plus view, not the next couple of years. We should have up to six teams capable of winning races, because that is what the fans want.”