The McLaren team have confirmed today they have a new engine and technology partner for the 2015 season, securing a multi-season deal with Honda. With the regulations changing for next year, Formula One is attempting to make itself more appealing to power plant manufacturers, who left the sport in droves when the financial crisis hit.
Honda have become the first to make a return to the sport after previously fielding a works team until the end of 2008, and participating as an engine supplier in the 1980s. President of Honda, Takanobu Ito said: “The new F1 regulations with their significant environmental focus will inspire even greater development of our own advanced technologies and this is central to our participation in F1.”
Team Principal of McLaren, Martin Whitmarsh, points out that the team will still be working with Mercedes-Benz until the handover, and says: “We’ll maintain a full commitment to our existing and long-standing partner, for which we retain the utmost respect.”
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