Formula 1: Honda back with McLaren

MCLAREN has rekindled its iconic partnership with Honda, but opened the door to a tricky end to its relationship with Mercedes.

Ending months of speculation, Honda has confirmed a return to Formula 1 in 2015 as engine supplier to McLaren, seven years after a brutal exit from the sport as the global credit crisis hit hard.

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F1’s switch from next season to powerplants more in tune with Honda’s manufacturing philosophy has prompted the comeback. This campaign signals the end of the 2.4-litre V8 era, with 1.6-litre V6 turbo-charged units coming in from 2014.

McLaren will have to negotiate a final season of a 20-year union with Mercedes that began in 1995 with the new system 
before moving across to Honda.