Will McLaren and Honda reunite under next year's new engine regulations?

It may have been months since we last heard the rumours of McLaren switching to Honda engines, but they have resurfaced again thanks to the German press.

Auto Motor und Sport has reported that the Woking-based squad will switch from Mercedes to Honda in either 2014 or 2015, with Honda technicians claimed to already be stationed at the McLaren factory.

Mercedes have supplied engines to McLaren since 1996, and this year is the third year the team has to pay for the engines from the engine company after Mercedes sold its shares in McLaren in 2010 when they setup their own team. The current contract runs until 2015.

Honda and McLaren enjoyed a successful relationship in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and Honda officially withdrew from the sport in 2008 after three unsuccessful years as a constructor.

With no official comment from McLaren or Honda, it’s all based on rumours at this stage. But a return to the McLaren-Honda days either next season or in 2015 would see the team go up against Williams-Renault, making long term fans of the sport excited at any possibility of the two great rivals once again competing head to head.

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