McLaren have confirmed that they will run with a Mercedes engine from the beginning of the 2021 campaign. The Woking-based outfit has struggled to challenge the likes of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull but they hope to correct that problem over the next few years.
They haven’t finished higher than fifth in the Constructors’ Championship since 2012 and last won the team title in 1998. Running on Renault engines in the past year hasn’t worked out too well for McLaren and Racing boss Zak Brown feels the change is an “important step”.
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Brown said: “This agreement is an important step in our long-term plan to return to success in Formula 1. “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.” The deal will see the two manufacturers link up for the second time after their previous partnership between 1995 and 2014.