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.
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.
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.
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.”