McLaren-Honda rumours resurface

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Ayrton Senna, McLaren-Honda MP4/5B, 1990In the round-up: Rumours that McLaren will reunite with Honda in the future resurface.


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McLaren set to use Honda engines (BBC)

“McLaren are first expected to race with Honda engines in 2015.”

Alonso says the best is yet to come (Reuters)

“Last year was the best year of my career and I was very happy with the performance, but I think this year will be better.”

Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Testing more inconclusive than ever (F1)

“I would say that we never had a winter that was less conclusive than this one: the tyres last more or less, depending on how much temperature you are able to create. So I think it is impossible for all of us to read the pace of the cars and to make out any favourites.”

Bianchi sure Marussia making strides (Autosport)

“Even from my side, just from Saturday to Sunday, it is a big improvement. But we don’t know what people were doing so it is difficult to say what the [relative] improvement is.”

The Right Attire for Tyres (F1 Elvis)

“Without the correct chemical reaction of the compound, the tyre simply doesn’t stick to the road, the car slides around, not only making for a slower lap time, but importantly the sliding around overheats and quickly destroys the surface, making matters worse and you’ve lost your opportunity for the optimum lap.”

This is the year we’ll all find out just how good Lewis Hamilton is (The Independent)

Kevin Garside: “[Ron] Dennis has never allowed emotion to penetrate the economics of the deal. We are about to discover how mad he was to let Hamilton go.”

The mystery of Red Bull?s testing pace (NBC)

“To a man those who watched the RB9s on the track reported they looked stable and swift. It did not look like a slow car, just one that was carrying a lot of fuel.”


Comment of the day

@Vettel1 isn’t convinced Red Bull are in trouble:

I just don?t buy that Red Bull are two seconds slower than Mercedes; that is just compete illogical based on the base they have and what they achieved last year. Ferrari and Mercedes could certainly have showed us where they are relative to each other, as it did appear they were just copying what Mercedes were doing.

McLaren are a bit of an unknown currently though, although I doubt they?ve “done an F2012″.

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70 comments on McLaren-Honda rumours resurface

  1. Jay Menon (@jaymenon10) said on 5th March 2013, 8:45

    Although Benson is a hardly credible source, to hear rumblings resurface about Honda returning is nice. Im sure there must be some fire somewhere if there is smoke. So hopefully its true. It would be great to see Honda back, and hopefully Volkswagen and Porsche as well (fat hopes)

    On Alonso raising his game….I hope he can carry his 2012 form over to this year. The car doesn’t seem too bad, he should be able to fight for wins. Ferrari have shown they are pretty good at playing catch up, with a better canvas to work on, they could only get better. Its about time he won his 3rd title, he has come too close too many times in the last 6 years.

  2. mateuss (@mateuss) said on 5th March 2013, 9:23

    This morning I turned on the HD recordings of previous test to set the mood for work.

    With every passing moment I find it more and more stupid how the coverage is made. The “special” kid treatment.
    WOW! Two 3D slightly rotating words, AMAZING!!!

    Kill the 3D coverage with fire!

  3. vuelve kowalsky said on 5th March 2013, 11:10

    i always thought that honda had to come back to f1 sooner or later. What a waste of cash his withdraw in 2009. They made some people very rich though. Are they planing to win something this time around, or planning to make some millionairs on the way out again?

  4. AbeyG (@1abe) said on 5th March 2013, 14:43

    So if McLaren teams with Honda in 2015, does that make Force India as Mercedes’ prefered partner in 2015?

  5. clappy (@danielc) said on 6th March 2013, 6:06

    Seriously Alo needs to shush a bit lol , the great Olympian fitter than any1 else and give me a car that is 2 tenths away and ill be champion he isn’t getting any younger and it’s since 06 he last won it . He is a great pilot , but when do you see Vettel saying how good he is and saying he is the best when he is a x3 champ. Hamilton could say give him reliability and he will be champ after all he won same amount of races as Vettel and more poles .Its all ive heard from him all winter

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