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McLaren to continue with Mercedes for quite a few years

Martin Whitmarsh: I think we have got a very good deal with them [Mercedes], but I think more importantly than that is we have got a good partnership

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.

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25.10.2012- Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren
05.10.2012- Free Practice 2, Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren
28.10.2012-Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren, Norbert Haug (GER), Mercedes Motorsport chief  and Ross Brawn (GBR), Team Principal, Mercedes GP
06.05.2011- Friday Practice 1, Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren and Norbert Haug (GER), Motorsport chief

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Jose - Unregistered

November 07, 2012 1:45 PM

Richard "you will see that i love discussing technical matters. and i dont think that there is anything technical about lulu." Well what comes into question is the accuracy of your technical discussions. I try to ignore them. Lewis Hamilton is not expected to be very 'technical', actually no need.. Me Boy's specialty is behind the wheel, Dude! Did you see his specialty in Adu Dhabi. as good as it gets, while it lasted.. As usual your 'Noise' has no standing.. Some people.. The Badman, Jose


November 07, 2012 12:06 PM
Last Edited 1694 days ago

Yep, next year Mercedes will have spyware on all the McLaren engines and they will be sending little Taipan Jr gremlin signals by remote control causing the McLarens to break down the whole time. Hang on a sec, I've just got to take another puff of that stuff Abhishek sent to me. Ahhhh, Yes outstanding stuff Abhishek. :)

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