You have to love the rumor treadmill in Formula 1, especially the fact that nothing is ever really as it seems. Yesterday rumors were rife that McLaren were going to switch engine providers and move to Honda for the 2014 season when F1 cars will make make the move to the 1.6-litre V6 turbo engines.
Martin Whitmarsh however has moved to cool that speculation by stating
What I can tell you is we have a contract with long standing partner Mercedes-Benz, for 2103,2014 and 2015. So we have a contact, they’re our partners and we’re going to try and win World Championships with them.”
The prospect of Honda linking back up with McLaren again is quite a daunting one. The last time they were in partnership together they won 4 championships together (1988-1991). Do I think it will happen? I would be very surprised if it didn’t. When it will happen is a total mystery. This is the first year McLaren will have to pay for their engines due to Mercedes now having its own team within F1 and selling their shares back to McLaren.
What I keep going back to is something that happened not long ago with Paddy Lowe. Martin Whitmarsh at that time again denied any deal had been done for Paddy Lowe to transfer alligience to Mercedes. A few weeks later Paddy Lowe leaves McLaren and signs a deal with Mercedes for 2014.
Is history replaying itself?
A few resources on the McLaren-Honda story
- The BBC have said its a done deal for 2015. Read the story here
- Motorsport claims Honda engineers are already at McLaren in preparation for the switch. read the story here
Make of it as you wish but it looks certain that it will happen, it’s just a matter of when.