F1 » McLaren sticking with Mercedes – for now

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh says his team will run under Mercedes power next year but fails to make mention of 2015 and beyond

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March 12, 2013 8:32 PM

well now, it would be very silly to design and build a car to the new rules, to suit the new merc engine, and then to switch to another. so i reckon that they will stay with the merc engine for at least three years.
all of the new engines will be providing the same power, so only financial matters will force a change. but there again, the engine manufacturers are required to supply engines at a max figure, so the only way that honda (i presume that you are hinting a them) would become a macca engine supplier, would be a partnership , with engines being provided for nowt.

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March 13, 2013 10:47 AM

@ Richard
As far as I know McLaren builds a 'completely' new car every year. As long as they know far enough in advance which engine they will use the following year, I don't see the problem. I do agree that McLaren probably wont pay for engines if they go with Honda instead of Merc. Especially since the last Honda F1 engine wasn't exactly top of the line. At lea


March 13, 2013 12:37 PM

koen. macca, and most other teams evolve their cars and do not redesign every year. that is the reason for the stepped noses last year, and macca not having one. they were all using 2011 tubs.
a change in engine could mean the balance of the car being thrown out , neccessitating redesigned suspension points, new fuel cell etc etc.
not saying that IF macca changed supplier, then it would need a redesign, but the possibility is here.

remember brawn? when honda engine went, they wanted ferrari engine but it wouldnt fit, so they had to go for the shorter merc engine.

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