McLaren confident of success with Honda

12 August 2013 by TF1T Staff

McLaren are confident of a highly successful future with Honda according to team principal Martin Whitmarsh.

The Japanese company announced its return to Formula 1 as an engine supplier to McLaren from 2015 onwards - bringing back a once historical partnership which dominated the sport.

Whitmarsh predicts the pairing will once again bring success on the track for many seasons to come.

"There is obviously a massive excitement in the company," he said. "I was around when we last raced with Honda and they have a racing culture and a racing spirit.

"That's exciting and very motivational within the team and we can now look ahead to the next ten years knowing we have got a fantastic budget, resources and a partner to continue winning and being successful in Formula One.

"It's a challenge, it always is, but I think it's an exciting one."

The outfit, which has one of the largest budgets on the grid, is set to lose its title sponsor, Vodafone, at the end of the year. However the team is expected to announce a replacement at the end of the year which Whitmarsh says will bring financial stability.

"We've got a good range of sponsors going forward and of course Honda is a great technical and commercial partner. We've got a very secure budget."