McLaren could ditch Honda unless their F1 engine improves dramatically for new season – The Sun

Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017

McLAREN could ditch engine partner Honda – if their woeful form continues.

The Woking-based team were left stumped after the Honda engine in their F1 car proved unreliable and under power during the winter tests.

Fernando Alonso has been critical of how the Honda engine has performed for McLaren

Fernando Alonso has been critical of how the Honda engine has performed

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso delivered a scathing attack on the Japanese company by labelling their mistakes as “amateur”.


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And now McLaren are understood to be speaking to Mercedes about going back to using their engines.

Merc have an engine allocation available, should McLaren decide to terminate their partnership with Honda, after Manor went bust.

Honda are adamant that they can resolve their problems but McLaren require instant improvements.

Mclaren are worried about the performance of the Honda engine in the build-up to the 2017 season

Mclaren are worried about the performance of the Honda engine in winter tests

There is a concern that McLaren could be the slowest car on the grid this season, while they could also struggle to finish races.

Meanwhile, Paddy Lowe has joined the Williams F1 team, as SunSport reported last month.

Lowe will take overall management responsibility for the engineering operation at Grove and has also become a shareholder in the team.



Paddy Lowe has moved from Mercedes to Williams ahead of the 2017 F1 season

Paddy Lowe has moved from Mercedes to Williams ahead of the 2017 F1 season

He joins from Mercedes and during his 29 years in the sport, has contributed to 158 race wins, seven Drivers’ Championship titles and five Constructors’ Championship titles.

He said: “I’ve always had a deep respect for Williams — my first team in Formula One.

“It is a huge honour to return in this leadership position and to have the opportunity to become a shareholder. I am extremely motivated to play my part in bringing success back to the team.”

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