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Honda power for McLaren?

2013-03-05 08:05

LONDON, England - McLaren, for two decades powered by Mercedes, has yet to sign an engine deal for the new turbo V6 era beginning in 2014.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport's F1 correspondent Michael Schmidt said: "Mercedes is pushing for a decision in the next days."

The successful, title-winning McLaren-Mercedes partnership dates back almost two decades but Mercedes now has its own team so McLaren is no longer the "works" partner.

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According to Schmidt, the solution could be Honda: "The question is whether the Japanese are coming in 2014 or not until 2015. It is a poorly kept secret that McLaren is talking with Honda."

In fact Schmidt relayed paddock rumours that Honda already has engineers working at McLaren's Woking headquarters, with a final board decision about whether the manufacturer will return to F1 after a half-decade absence "pending".

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