Tuesday, 21 October 2014

McLaren intend to hit the ground running with Honda 'works' partnership in 2015

Ron Dennis media day
(McLaren Mercedes)

McLaren Group chairman Ron Dennis has stated that he believes that it is impossible for a customer Formula One team to win the world championship with the current regulations that are in place to govern to the sport.

Dennis believes that a customer team can not receive the same level of performance from a customer supply engine due to the fact that the approach is different in terms of how energy is harvested within the engine compared to how a 'works' engine operates. 

Dennis who returned to helm of McLaren at the start of 2014 believes that you just have to look at the outright performance of the Mercedes 'works' team as their advantage this season has been in excess of 1 second per lap.

For the first year of their new partnership with Honda next season, the Woking based outfit will enjoy an exclusive 'works' relationship with Honda who will return to the sport as a power unit supplier for the first time since they pulled out of the sport at the end of the 2008 season.

When it came to deciding on a new engine partner McLaren chose to go with Honda due to the fact that they will be hoping to be competitive from the very start of next season.

It is believed that a Honda powered McLaren could run for the very first time at the season ending test session which takes place in Abu Dhabi following the Grand Prix which takes place from November 21-23.

McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier recently revealed that the team are working on development chassis which has been dubbed the MP4-29H which they could potentially run at test.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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