McLaren has revealed it will be powered by Mercedes engines from the start of the 2021 season for at least three years.
The deal would see Mercedes powering McLaren for the first time since 2014 before the Woking-based outfit’s switch to Honda for the 2015 campaign.
“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 a relationship with the company in the next phase of our journey”
McLaren Racing team principal Andreas Seidl is happy to rekindle the partnership with Mercedes, but has ensured that they will continue to work with Renault for better performance.
“We look forward to renewing our Mercedes relationship from 2021 onwards” Seidl said. “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 originally joined forces with McLaren as an an engine supplier in 1995, a partnership that lasted for 19 years. In that period it secured three drivers world championships in 1998, 1999 and 2008. as well as the 1998 constructor”s championship.
McLaren’s most recent race win came at the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2012 under the McLaren-Mercedes partnership.
After the end of the relationship in 2014, McLaren has yet to make it onto the podium let alone achieve a race victory.