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Boullier: New McLaren F1 title sponsor is happening

McLaren still working on securing a new title sponsor, is 'happening' but final contract not yet signed, says racing director Eric Boullier.
McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has confirmed the team remains on the verge of securing a deal with a new long-term title sponsor.

Group CEO Ron Dennis revealed ahead of the start of the season that McLaren would have a title sponsor in place this year, expecting a deal to be concluded at some point during the opening rounds of the season, and while he later said the 2-3 result in Melbourne would help, as yet nothing has been announced, even though the circus is now set to return to Europe with the Spanish GP next up on May 11.

Quizzed on the situation during a McLaren phone-in this week, Boullier told reporters, including Crash.net, that everything is still proceeding.

“The plan Ron discussed [with regard to a title sponsor] is happening. But until we have signed the package, signed the final contract, nothing will be announced or changed,” Boullier replied. “[And] as long as we are in that position we will keep going with what we are doing now.”

The team has been without a title sponsor since the partnership with Vodafone ceased at the end of 2013. As such McLaren have featured different sponsors on the sidepods on the MP4-20 of Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen at all four races so far with Mobil 1, Esso, Gulf Air and SAP appearing in Australia, Malaysia, Bahrain and China respectively.

So will this situation affect the team's budget for the 2014 F1 season?

“Not at all,” Boullier insisted..

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13.03.2014- Ron Dennis (GBR), McLaren Mercedes and Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director.
Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director (Left) next to Ciaron Pilbeam (GBR) McLaren Chief Race Engineer. 28.02.2014. Formula One Testing, Bahrain Test Two, Day Two, Sakhir, Bahrain.
29.03.2014- Free Practice 3, Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director.
29.03.2014- Free Practice 3, Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director.
15.03.2014- Free Practice 3, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
28.03.2014- Free Practice 1, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
06.04.2014- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29

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April 23, 2014 6:33 PM

It'd be interesting to see how much of a player McLaren will be for 2015 when they take Honda as their engine supplier. Mercedes is dominating with their power unit and Red Bull's Renault seems to be down on power (who knows? Maybe they'll take McLaren's Mercedes Unit?). Given McLaren and Honda's domination is the past, it'd be cool to see the Mercedes and Honda power units battle for top 3.

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