From 1995 to 2014, McLaren's association with Mercedes catapulted them back to the front line of the Formula 1 World Championship. Those of Woking, who had seen how the Williams-Renault association and the emergence of Michael Schumacher displaced them from the top, They would win a World Cup again with Mika Häkkinen in 1998. Now, more than two decades later, and although there is still a season and a half left for the implementation of this agreement, in 2021, McLaren confirms the return of the alliance with the German biker . And, in the words of Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren, returning with those of Brackley was the only logical option for them. "Obviously the Ferrari engine is extremely strong at the moment, but when Mercedes-Benz's commitment is observed and where they have been in recent years, also as an independent team, it makes perfect sense to us. We have not considered Ferrari," Brown said. in Sochi.
Brown explains that the partnership with Ferrari would have "collided" in commercial terms, while Mercedes is compatible in the world of commercial automotive. In addition, he confirmed that since Woking they never considered making their own engines. "It makes no sense," he declared. And he adds "that makes sense for Mercedes, Renault, Honda, but not for McLaren, given the volume of cars we sell."