McLaren confirm 2021 Mercedes engine deal

Michelle Foster
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McLaren confirm 2021 Mercedes engine deal

McLaren will say goodbye to Renault power at the end of next year, returning to Mercedes engines for 2021.

Earlier this week rumours did the rounds at the Russian Grand Prix that McLaren were poised to re-sign with Mercedes, who powered the Woking team from 1995 to 2014.

That has now been confirmed.

“This agreement is an important step in our long-term plan to return to success in Formula 1,” said McLaren CEO Zak Brown.

“Mercedes is the benchmark, both as a team and a power unit, so it is natural we would seek to secure a relationship with the company for the next phase of our journey.

“This announcement reflects the confidence of our shareholders and is an important message to our investors, our team, partners and fans that we are committed to returning McLaren to the front of the field.”

McLaren initially parted ways with Mercedes after 2014 wary that the Brackley squad’s rise as a works team would hamper their own attempts at winning the World title.

McLaren swapped to Honda engines but that was ill-fated before taking on Renault engines in 2018.

That relationship will now end at the conclusion of the 2020 season.

“2021 will be an important milestone for us as we continue our fight back to the front, so it is vital that we have the key elements in place now to enable us to prepare for the new era of the sport,” explained McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl.

“We look forward to renewing our Mercedes relationship from 2021 onwards.

“At the same time Renault remains both a valued partner as well as a formidable competitor, and we will be focused on continuing our collaboration through the rest of this season and next.”

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff welcomed McLaren back to the fold.

“We are delighted to welcome McLaren back to the Mercedes-Benz racing family with this new power unit supply agreement,” said the Austrian.

“Although the two brands share a prestigious history, this new agreement is all about looking to the future and beginning a new era of power unit supply for the years ahead.

“McLaren have been putting in place the building blocks of their revival over recent seasons, including impressive performances this season with Renault power.

“We hope that this new long-term agreement marks another milestone for McLaren as they aim to take the fight to the sport’s top teams, including our Mercedes works team.”

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