Mercedes to 'protect itself' before McLaren-Honda era

Rumours of Honda switch can result in claer disadvantage for McLaren

Mar.14 (GMM) Toto Wolff has added fuel to speculation McLaren could be preparing for Honda power in 2015.

It is now strongly rumoured that, as per the British team's contract with Mercedes, McLaren will use German engines next year for the start of the new V6 era.

Then, the switch will be made to works Honda power, as the Japanese marque returns to F1 for the new era.

Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-28
Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-28

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Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports that the situation is making Mercedes nervous, because McLaren - and therefore Honda - could gain a lot of knowledge from Mercedes' approach to the V6 rules before going it alone in 2015.

Wolff, the Mercedes team shareholder and director, is quoted as suggesting the German marque is indeed nervous.

"You can never completely prevent a transfer of technology know-how," he said.

"But we can try to protect ourselves."

His comments would suggest that, given the complexities of the all-new rules next year, Mercedes' efforts to shut out McLaren could be a clear disadvantage for the Woking based team ahead of its rumoured Honda switch.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Toto Wolff
Teams Mercedes , McLaren
Article type Rumor
Tags 2013, honda, mclaren, mercedes, toto wolf, v6