McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has confirmed that Woking-based team will continue to use Mercedes engines for 'quite a few years to come'.

Since Mercedes branched out and purchased the former Brawn GP team at the end of 2009, there has been speculation McLaren might sever its ties, and back in January there were reports talks had taken place with Craig Pollock's PURE company about a future F1 engine supply, something both parties denied. Prior to that there was also rumours at the end of 2011 that McLaren might renew its partnership with Honda from the 2014 F1 season, although again this was quickly dismissed, with managing director Jonathan Neale, remarking that it was 'all wide of the mark'.

Speaking in Abu Dhabi, Whitmarsh reiterated that he sees no reason why the team would opt to change, even though the squad is now effectively a customer of a manufacturer with its own F1 outfit.

"It is going to be McLaren Mercedes for quite a few years to come. It is a good partnership and it works well. We've been together for 18 years and it is going to continue for quite a few years to come," he told reporters, according to the Daily Mail.

"I think we have got a very good deal with them, but I think more importantly than that is we have got a good partnership.

"Obviously I've been involved with Mercedes personally. I ran the engine side so we know the people, and we are proud to be part of the Mercedes-Benz family," he added.