Date: 17th May 2013 at 8:37am
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When it comes to scoops in Formula One, fans should look no further than the BBC.

They were well ahead of the game when it came to Lewis Hamilton making the switch from McLaren to Mercedes and now, they have proven that their finger is firmly on the pulse following McLaren’s announcement that they will indeed be severing ties with Mercedes in 2015 and switching back to Honda.

The BBC of course reported that this could be a possibility back in March, despite all parties at the stage denying the speculation.

‘We never discuss media rumours about potential partners.’ a McLaren spokesperson told the BBC in March.

Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff at the time said: ‘We are looking for a long-term engine supplier relationship with McLaren-Mercedes.’

While Honda president Takanobu Ito told the media in February that the Japanese manufacturer was ‘studying’ the idea of returning to the sport once the new engine regulations come into force.

The 2.4-litre V8-engine’s which have been in place in Formula One since 2006 will be making way for new turbo-charged 1.6-litre V6s in 2014.

The new turbo-charged 1.6-litre V6s are boosted by better energy recovery systems. Giving Formula One a more environmentally friendly feel.

The current V8-engine’s produce 750hp and whilst the new power units will produce the same figure, more of it will come from the new Energy Recovery Systems.

In Formula One over the past couple of seasons spectators have become used to the use of kinetic energy recovery system [KERS], the current system producing 80hp and limited to just 6.7 seconds of anyone lap. With limited use it is generally used as a device to try and defend or attack for race position.

The new Energy Recovery System however will provide over double the horse power with 161hp and will be in use for 33.3 seconds per lap.

Many in Formula One believe the change in regulations will see a power shift in F1 with the manufacturers such as Ferrari and Mercedes holding an advantage over customer teams such as Red Bull and McLaren.

So a shift in partners could be beneficial for McLaren and that has now been confirmed as the route the team will take.

It of course also brings McLaren and Honda back hand in hand after the glorious years the two shared during the late 1980’s and 1990’s.

‘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. McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said following the announcement.

‘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 boss Takanobu Ito said: ‘Honda has a long history of advancing our technologies and nurturing our people by participating in the world’s most prestigious automobile racing series.

‘The new F1 regulations with their significant environmental focus will inspire even greater development of our own advanced technologies.’


The only question for McLaren now will be what will happen in 2014? This season is almost at a point of being a write-off after a terribly bad start to the season with a new car.

Next season with all the new engine regulations and specifications changes, just how in the dark will McLaren be kept while Mercedes insure that their secrets are not passed on to McLaren’s new engine partner Honda?

 

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