An authoritative British publication, BBC Sport claims that the representatives of the McLaren Mercedes went on to test the waters on potential cooperation in the field of deliveries of power plants.
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Recent changes within the British team is growing dissatisfaction with the current engine supplier Honda. The Japanese manufacturer returned to F1 in 2015, but still failed to provide the machine with a competitive McLaren engine.
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The situation worsened during the pre-season tests in 2017 in Barcelona: during the eight days MCL32 had problems with the power plant of the Japanese manufacturer, which McLaren became the worst team among all recruited at the aggregate mileage for the tests.
In how serious the crisis was McLaren-Honda?
Sources BBC reported that the contact with the McLaren Mercedes was informal and short. Now McLaren is considering all options regarding an engine supplier for next season.
However, early termination of the contract with Honda may be costly for McLaren. First, the team from Woking will lose 100 million annually. Honda also pays half of the payroll of drivers and is an important sponsor.
Do not forget that if McLaren decides to make a deal with Mercedes, the team from Woking will be additional to spend 17 million euros per year for customer engines. In the case of such huge financial losses are the main owners of McLaren, namely, investment Fund Bahrain Mumtalakat and businessman Mansour young Ojai, will have to cover expenses themselves until the team comes to find a title sponsor.
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