Updated: 08/03/2013 11:54 | By pa.press.net

McLaren committed to Mercedes engine



Martin Whitmarsh has confirmed McLaren will use Mercedes engines until 2015

Martin Whitmarsh has confirmed McLaren will use Mercedes engines until 2015

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has confirmed his marque's commitment to being powered by Mercedes engines for at least the next three years.

Over the past few months, McLaren have been linked to a return to Honda, who supplied the Woking-based team with engines from 1988 to 1992. During that time Ayrton Senna won his three titles and Alain Prost claimed one of his four, whilst the team were also constructors' champions for four consecutive years.

Speculation intensified this week, with the suggestion that from 2015 McLaren would switch to Honda, who pulled out of the sport at the end of 2008 when they ran their own team due to the global credit crisis. Despite that, Whitmarsh said: "What I can tell you is we have a contract with a long-standing partner, Mercedes-Benz, for 2013, 2014 and 2015."

He added: "So we have a contract, they're our partners and we're going to try and win world championships and races with them."

It means McLaren will have two years to assess Mercedes' attempt at the engine regulation change that comes into force next year, when F1 switches from the current 2.4-litre V8s to 1.6-litre turbo-charged V6s.

Beyond 2015 remains open to conjecture, however, with Honda not just the only engine manufacturer being linked given the new power unit is more relevant to today's road cars.

"There's a lot of speculation and I've heard Porsche, Hyundai, Honda, all those sorts of names," added Whitmarsh, speaking to Sky Sports F1.

"I hope for Formula One these manufacturers come back. We need them in the sport. At the moment we've Renault, Mercedes, Ferrari; we need more engine suppliers.

"We've a good and long-standing commitment to Mercedes-Benz, that's what we're focused on right now. In the longer term who knows what's going to happen?

"But we're delighted to be partnering Mercedes-Benz. They've done, certainly in the last few years, a fantastic job. We've won a lot of races together and we're going to try and win quite a few more in the next few years."

12Comments
06/03/2013 17:21
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I can understand where MW is coming from but I'd love to see Honda back in F1, they were a force to be reckoned with in the past.
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Honda engineers are already at Mclaren centre in Woking. Honda can spend the next 3 years designing a supreme turbo, especially if they have access to Mercedes' units.
06/03/2013 21:55
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I would be a little concerned if I were Martin Whitmarsh. My engine supplier has it's own Formula 1 team along with a few of my former key personnel and including a driver that I really didn't want to lose .

So would I be keen to see a Vodafone McLaren Honda before 2015 (preferably in the nostalgic rocket red and white livery from the Senna era and with a yellow helmeted Lewis Hamilton back at the wheel)?  Call me old fashioned... but yes I think I would!

11/03/2013 11:31
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Lets just hope the next era of turbocharged engines in F1 remain reliable and not keep catching fire..there's too much pollution surrounding the sport without having to advertise it to us constantly through the media.
Would be good to regulate the boost pressure accurately this time round also..remember all the loop holes found by the teams to up the bar pressure to live with the Hondas. More than likely causing all those engines to catch fire.

06/03/2013 18:02
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It means McLaren will have two years to assess Mercedes' attempt at the engine regulation change that comes into force next year, when F1 switches from the current 2.4-litre V8s to 1.6-litre turbo-charged V6s.


It'll be interesting to seethe return of turbo power, pity it's only in the guise of a V6.
06/03/2013 21:54
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Merz's a possable mistake...Honda , in my opinion wud be a better choice as we move to 1.6l turbo's ...Honda seem to build bulletproof engines ...look at the type Rs'   trashed by 'boyracers' yet buy a 100,000 mile s/h version and it runs like new.

  

06/03/2013 18:07
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Since when has 1.6L V6 Turbos proposed by FIA's next years  engine regulation change ever been relevant to the road car. If they made mandatory changes equating to 1.2L 4cly turbos then I'd get the picture.
That way there would be no need to redesign new pistons from the current V8 300cc down to an unusual sounding 266cc for next years crop. A direct swap like-for-like would keep cost down and possibly allowing Cosworth to remain in the arena.

Probably need to look at re-scaling the power to weight ratios but then that would be easy really....get rid of all the extra winglets growing all over the bodywork and producing excess downforce which in effect is akin to extra weight.  It would also have the added benefit of allowing the cars to get closer more often on track as there would be less slip-streaming effect.

Come on F1..you need to get with the greener picture here!


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