McLaren have today confirmed their partnership with new engine supplier Honda will start in 2015.
The British team will continue with current engine manufacturer Mercedes during the 2014 season, the first season under new regulations that will limit the teams to running a 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 engine in place of the current V8 formulae.
Speaking soon after the announcement, 2009 World Champion Jenson Button, who drove for Honda between 2006 and 2008, claimed he was ‘thrilled and excited’ and that the move was ‘a great development for Formula 1 fans and the sport as a whole.’
Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh said it was ‘a new and exciting chapter in [McLaren’s] history.’
“The names of McLaren and Honda are synonymous with success in Formula 1, and, for everyone who works for both companies, the weight of our past achievements together lies heavily on our shoulders. But it’s a mark of the ambition and resolve we both share that we want once again to take McLaren-Honda to the very pinnacle of Formula 1 success. Together we have a great legacy – and we’re utterly committed to maintaining it.”
Honda previously powered the Woking-based team between 1988 and 1992, winning four constructors titles, three drivers titles with Ayrton Senna and a single title (in 1989) for Alain Prost.