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McLaren announce new Honda engine deal

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McLaren have announced a partnership with engine manufacturers Honda from 2015.

The Japanese company quit the sport in 2009, but will return to provide engines for McLaren, taking over from Mercedes.

McLaren and Honda enjoyed a hugely successful partnership in the late 80's and early 90's. Together they dominated the sport between 1988 and 1991, winning all four Drivers' Championships. 

Honda's return to Formula 1 comes because of planned engine regulation changes from next season.

Cars will have smaller, turbo-charged engines and will also use extensive energy recovery technology.

The changes were key to luring Honda back to the sport.

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," said 

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

McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh says he was delighted to have Honda back on board, describing the deal as an 'exciting new chapter' for both parties.

He said: "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.

"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."

Mercedes will continue to provide engines for McLaren next season before the deal with Honda begins.

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