McLaren say Honda deal reaffirms top team status

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Sergio Perez, McLaren, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2013In the round-up: McLaren say it was necessary to find a new works engine partner as Mercedes are prioritising their own factory team.

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McLaren say Honda deal keeps them among F1 elite (Reuters)

McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale: “Mercedes have clearly focused their efforts around Brackley (where their works team is based) and that’s completely understandable. If we are going to compete at the upper echelons, then we need to be punching at that weight.”

McLaren-Honda deal not exclusive (ESPN)

“McLaren says its new engine deal with Honda from 2015 is not exclusive, leaving the door open for other teams to seek a supply deal when the Japanese manufacturer returns to the sport.”

McLaren and Mercedes unaffected by Honda (BBC)

Neale: “Mercedes will give us the information we need. Mercedes engineers and ourselves have been working very closely together.”

Button buoyed by Honda return (Sky)

“McLaren-Honda: I know how much passion, success and pride are encapsulated within just those two words. And that’s why I’m so thrilled and excited about what’s not only a fantastic opportunity for the team, but also a great development for Formula One fans and the sport as a whole.”

Mallya ‘mantra’ to boost Force India (The Times of India)

“At the time when Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines has estimated debts of $2.5bn [?Ú?˙1.63bn] and the income tax department filed a criminal complaint against Mallya over non-payment of PAYE, what could be the reason behind this huge investment?”

Rich lister caught in high-speed Albert Park spin (The Age)

“Multimillionaire online retail warrior Ruslan Kogan has been banned from driving for six months after a high-speed spin on Melbourne’s Grand Prix circuit.”

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Bull Mello is glad to see Honda back in F1:

The return of Honda as an engine supplier is great news. Honda can build a competitive V6 and together with McLaren the resources are there to forge another successful F1 partnership.

McLaren needed to make a move like this and the writing has been on the wall since the Mercedes team was announced. Frankly, their 2014 season chances cannot be a whole lot worse than 2013. If they do experience some unexpected successes while rebuilding, all the better.

No doubt other constructors will want Honda engines too. The fact that Honda will be an engine supplier only will help increase their chances for success this time around.
Bull Mello

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