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McLaren confirmed that Honda will return to Formula 1 in 2015 as engine supplier for the team. Honda has not participated in Formula 1 since shutting down its works team at the end of 2008 season; freshly they decided to return with McLaren with a multi-year technology partnership also the sport to change to 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines from current V8 engines.

The Japanese firm come-back to the sport with McLaren as engine supplier and they will provide energy recovery systems. Honda powered McLaren won four drivers’ championships, four constructors’ championships and 44 Grands Prix between 1988 and 1992.

“Ever since its establishment, Honda has been a company which grows by taking on challenges in racing,” commented Takanobu Ito, President and CEO of Honda Motor Company.

“Honda has a long history of advancing our technologies and nurturing our people by participating in the world’s most prestigious automobile racing series.

“The new F1 regulations with their significant environmental focus will inspire even greater development of our own advanced technologies and this is central to our participation in F1.”

Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren’s team principal and Group CEO says that, “It’s fantastic news for everyone who loves Formula One to be able to welcome Honda back. Together, we’re about to embark on a new and extremely exciting chapter in McLaren’s history. Like McLaren, Honda is a company with motor racing woven into the fabric of its heritage.”

“We’re proud and thrilled to be joining forces once more to take on the world in Formula One. Whilst both companies are fully aware that we’re embarking on a very demanding journey together, we’re hugely committed to the success of the partnership, and we’ll spend the next 18 months working together to ensure that we’re fully established and competitive ahead of our first Grand Prix together in 2015.”

“Honda has built a reputation as a worldwide engineering giant, but its roots, its specialism and its passion lie in the advancement of the internal combustion engine,” said Whitmarsh.

“Throughout its history, Honda has pioneered engine technology in road cars, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles. Indeed, its experience as a manufacturer of turbocharged engines is unequalled by any other car manufacturer currently competing in Formula One.”

McLaren duo Jenson Button and Sergio Perez speak their anticipation about the new engine deal.

“I first raced a Formula One car powered by a Honda engine in 2003, and I was a works Honda Formula One driver between 2006 and ’08, winning my first Grand Prix in Hungary in 2006 in a Honda Formula One car, so I know exactly how passionate Honda is about motorsport, and Formula One in particular,” said Button.

Perez says that: “I was born in 1990 – the year Ayrton Senna won the second of his three world championships driving for McLaren-Honda – and I’ve grown up always knowing just how much that era lives on in the hearts and minds of motorsport fans around the world.

“Of course, Ayrton is my hero, as he’s a hero to many millions of people living in Central America and South America. So today’s announcement not only rekindles all the fantastic memories of that successful era, but it also starts a new age – which can be even more exciting.”

“It’s appropriate to recognise that until the end of 2014 we’ll maintain a full commitment to our existing and long-standing partner, Mercedes-Benz, for which we retain the utmost respect and with whom we intend to continue to work diligently and professionally. Whitmarsh added.

“McLaren-Mercedes has so far won an incredible 78 Grands Prix and four world championships. We aim to cap our long-standing partnership with the same ambition and resolve with which we began it: namely, to keep winning.”


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