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McLaren could test Honda F1 engine this year

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier admits the team could test a Honda engine at the final in-season test of the year
McLaren racing director Eric Boullier admits the team could test a Honda engine at the final in-season test of the year.

While McLaren is running a Mercedes engine this season, it will renew its partnership with Honda next year as the Japanese engine manufacturer returns to the sport. With the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix set to be followed by a two-day test at the Yas Marina Circuit, Boullier confirmed it may be an early opportunity for McLaren to start testing the new engine.

“We have thought about it,” Boullier said. “We are currently running Mercedes engines until Abu Dhabi, so we won't run anything else. But we have a thought to maybe try the car afterwards.”

And with the team looking towards 2015 and yet to announce a title sponsor, Boullier insisted McLaren is not in limbo this year.

“We definitely are not in a limbo year. Woking is just working flat-out and a title sponsor doesn't change anything anyway, our budget is in place already. Obviously next year's power unit is another programme which is not affecting what we are doing at all.”

Tagged as: Mclaren , Honda , Eric Boullier

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May 10, 2014 11:07 PM

Once again, despite what could be an invitation for a knowledgeable and even adult discussion about the return of a great engine manufacturer making a welcome return to F1, it has descended into a childish slanging match between who might be a better driver than who(m). This forum appears to be entirely inhabited by children! 'Button on the scrapheap....since 2001'. Good one. Next you'll say that his 2009 title was undeserved as his car was faster than the rest. He STILL had to drive it, fool! And in an equally competetive McLaren, he WAS a match for Hamilton, as they were trading wins back and forth, albeit with vastly different driving styles! My point, however, is that the article is merely discussing a switch to Honda power - maybe you guys could for ONCE manage to stay on topic with this one...

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