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McLaren to return to Honda power in 2015.

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  Honda has confirmed it will return to Formula One with McLaren in 2015.   The Japanese manufacturer has not competed in the sport since shutting   its factory team at the end of 2008.

  It has been in talks with McLaren for some time and has already made   considerable progress with design work on a new 1.6-litre turbocharged   V6 engine to comply with the new engine regulations coming into force   next year. The new engine formula, which includes a greater emphasis on   energy recovery systems, appears to have lured Honda back to the sport   after it pulled out in 2008 amid the financial crisis.
The new  regulations will be introduced next year, giving McLaren one   year with its current supplier Mercedes before switching to Honda on a   "multi-year deal". The new contract will also mean McLaren has its own   engine supplier, putting it on level terms with Mercedes and Ferrari,   which have their own factory engine departments, and Red Bull, which has   a "premium" engine deal with Renault.
The news also rekindles a partnership between McLaren and Honda, which   yielded four drivers' and constructors' titles between 1988 and 1992.

  "It's fantastic news for everyone who loves Formula One to be able to   welcome Honda back to Formula 1," team principal Martin Whitmarsh said.   "Together, we're about to embark on a new and extremely exciting chapter   in McLaren's history.
"Like McLaren, Honda is a company with motor racing woven into the   fabric of its heritage. We're proud and thrilled to be joining forces   once more to take on the world in Formula One. Whilst both companies are   fully aware that we're embarking on a very demanding journey together,   we're hugely committed to the success of the partnership, and we'll   spend the next 18 months working together to ensure that we're fully   established and competitive ahead of our first grand prix together in   2015.
"McLaren and Honda share an unswerving commitment to high-technology, to   innovation and to performance. Together we'll form a lasting   partnership that will deliver success on the track, backed up by   world-leading R&D and engineering intelligence.
"Finally, it's appropriate to recognise that until the end of 2014 we'll   maintain a full commitment to our existing and long-standing partner,   Mercedes-Benz, for which we retain the utmost respect and with whom we   intend to continue to work diligently and professionally.   McLaren-Mercedes has so far won an incredible 78 grands prix and four   world championships. We aim to cap our long-standing partnership with   the same ambition and resolve with which we began it: namely, to keep   winning."
Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda added: "Ever since its   establishment, Honda has been a company which grows by taking on   challenges in racing. 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 and this is central to our   participation in F1.
"We have the greatest respect for the FIA's decision to introduce these   new regulations that are both highly challenging but also attractive to   manufacturers that pursue environmental technologies and to Formula One   Group, which has developed F1 into a high value, top car racing category   supported by enthusiastic fans. We would like to express our sincere   gratitude to Mr Jean Todt, the President of FIA and to Mr Bernie   Ecclestone, the CEO of Formula One Group who showed great understanding   and cooperation to help realize our participation in F1 racing."
One of the aims of the 2014 engine regulations was to attract big name   car manufacturers back to the sport and FIA president Jean Todt was keen   to welcome the news.
"I am very happy to hear about Honda's important decision to return to   Formula One with McLaren from 2015. The introduction of the new   powertrain next year, in the form of a 1.6-litre V6 engine with direct   injection and energy recovery, is a very exciting challenge and   demonstrates a vision for the future of the sport. I am sure that Honda   will become a strong contender in years to come."
Bernie Ecclestone added: "It is a great pleasure to see Honda back in   Formula One. Their engine technology and passion for motorsport make   them a natural Formula One contender."



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