McLaren F1 team has reportedly approached Mercedes-Benz for engine supply deal and if it concludes that it is best to split with current partner Honda. The team had a difficult pre-season testing program with Honda's new engine.
The BBC reported the approach of the McLaren to the Mercedes about the engine supply. The new Honda power unit is unreliable and underpowered, and McLaren has been evaluating various options to try to save its campaign.
Eric Boullier, McLaren Racing Director, said during last week's final pre-season test that there was "no plan at all" to end the Honda relationship. With the Japanese manufacturer paying out for half of McLaren's driver salaries plus significant sponsorship commitments the team would require a vast overhaul in its funding plan by its major shareholders.
McLaren has explored the possibility of a reunion with Mercedes in the light of the continuing failure of Honda to provide a sufficiently reliable and competitive power unit. McLaren continued to use the German company's engines for the next five years as a customer.
"I remember 2014, Red Bull were doing like seven laps in winter testing and won two or three Grands Prix that year", he said.
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