Date: 23rd April 2014 at 9:04am
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Japanese manufacturer Honda are to return to Formula One next season with McLaren.

The news which was confirmed in May last year sees McLaren and Honda back hand in hand after the glorious years the two shared during the late 1980’s and 1990’s.

Honda will design and build their Formula One power-trains in Tochigi, Japan but they will be maintained at new facility in Milton Keynes, which is set to be ready next month.

During the teams press conference in China, Honda motorsport boss Yasuhisa Arai, joined the panel which also included people representing Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and the FIA’s Charlie Whiting.

During that press conference Arai explained the decision behind Honda’s return was solely down to the change in engines this season and that they would initially be concentrating their efforts on their partnership with McLaren, who are running their final season with Mercedes engines this season.

But he wouldn’t rule out supplying further teams after their initial season in Formula One.

‘McLaren is our only customer. I don’t think about the future, because we want to concentrate on next season,’ Arai told Sky Sports.

‘Of course we want to have good results next season and see the results from other manufacturers. Please choose our power unit for next season.

‘If teams want to use our engine or power unit, we can deliver after year 2016 but right now there are no plans.’