The Japanese marque confirmed last year that it would be returning to the sport in 2015, powering McLaren and rekindling their famed partnership in the late 1980s. For now, the British team remains its total focus, and it will enjoy exclusivity for the first year of their deal.
Reports doing the rounds in the paddock suggested that Honda could go one step further and buy into McLaren. However, the team has since poured cold water on this speculation.
In a report by the Press Association, a quote from a team spokesperson said: “Contrary to recent media reports, Honda has informed us it has no intention to buy into McLaren.
“All of Honda’s focus is on the development of its new Formula 1 power unit.”
It has been rumoured that Honda could look into buying one of the teams that is for sale further down the grid, in order to create a ‘B’ team for McLaren.
For now though, its focus does lie with the engines for 2015, and the pressure will be on to take McLaren back to the front of the grid, given that another mediocre year is on the cards this season.
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