McLaren and their current engine supplier have endured a rocky relationship over the past few years. With McLaren not winning a constructors championship since 1998 and not having a drivers championship since 2008 it was no great surprise when McLaren announced that there were switching to Honda in 2015.
In 2009 Mercedes at the last minute tied up and engine deal with Brawn Gp and went on to win that years championship. Although McLaren struggled in the initial stages of that season they recovered in the second half and took more points than anyone.
With Mercedes then buying the Brawn team and rebranded Brawn GP as Mercedes it was all change for 2010. A silver car and the signings of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher followed to form an all German line up.
There was tensions between the two camps however it seemed to have died down over time until Lewis Hamilton decided to leave a team he considered "home" McLaren as he headed for Mercedes.
Due to the complicated way in which the all new 1.6 litre V6 turbo-charged power units will work it is believed that teams that produce their own engines will be at an advantage. They will know the best way to package their car around the all new engine and will know how to get the best out of it.
With teams such as Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull (who are Renault's works team) looking forward to fighting it out for a championship, it looked like McLaren would have no choice but to try and become an engine suppliers priority team.
With Honda eyeing a return to the sport they left back in 2008 it was announced in May of 2013 that Honda will be supplying engines to McLaren from 2015, this rekindling the once dominant duos in F1 history.
McLaren and Honda dominated the world of F1 in the late 80's and early 90's. In 1988 the most iconic F1 car in history was powered by Honda and driven to 15 out of 16 race wins at the hands of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.
Although the deal doesn't start until 2015, 2014 is a huge year for Honda. Whilst the likes of Ferrari, Renault and Mercedes run their engines for the first time, Honda have the ability to sit back and learn from the mistakes other suppliers are making.
There is no doubt in my eyes that there will be Honda mechanics crowding around the Mercedes engine at the McLaren HQ learning as much as they can about the rival engine and be taking their ideas and try implement them into their engine.
With an extra year of development under their belt Honda and McLaren could come back right to the top of the world of F1 and stay there for many years to come.
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