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McLaren 'never considered' building its own engine - Seidl

2019-10-07 12:42
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Team boss Andreas Seidl says McLaren "never considered" building its own Formula 1 engine.

After 2020, the British team will continue its push to catch the top three teams by switching from customer Renault to customer Mercedes power.

'Never a topic'

However, McLaren supremo Zak Brown had said last year: "It is possible, but not very likely, that we will have our own engine in 2021."

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But Seidl, the former Porsche sports car boss who started working at McLaren in May, told Speed Week: "This was never seriously considered.

"You'd have to invest a lot of money. Additionally, you'd also need plenty of time to catch up with what the current manufacturers have already learned.

"For those two reasons, it was never a topic for us," Seidl added.

1998 and 1999 world champion Mika Hakkinen thinks Seidl's decision to reunite McLaren and Mercedes is right.

"It is a partnership that worked very well in the past, and Andreas Seidl has identified this as being a key element in McLaren's strategy to become winners again," he told his Unibet column.

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