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Honda reveal pre-season test plans in Jerez // McLaren's power units are on schedule and ready for testing next year

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Honda reveal pre-season test plans in Jerez
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The Honda engine will be making a return to Formula One in 2015, as the Japanese manufacturer have a contract to supply McLaren with power plants for next season. The return of the McLaren-Honda partnership to the sport is highly anticipated, after plenty of previous success, but so far it has been quiet on how things are progressing.

Honda’s motorsport boss Yasuhisa Arai has revealed some of their plans, however, saying: “Our power unit is ready for a whole system check, but without the chassis. It will still need more time to bring the power unit and chassis together… in the next couple of weeks we will run simulations and at the beginning of next year we will start to run on the track, very likely at Jerez.”

Meanwhile, McLaren are still focused on this year despite some disappointing results, with racing director Éric Boullier saying: “I feel that the spirit within the team is strong, we’re continuing to push forwards and I’m optimistic that we’ll see an improvement to our fortunes before the end of the year.