McLaren Racing and Mercedes-Benz have extended their contract until 2030, making McLaren the first customer team confirmed to use Mercedes power sources from 2026 when new engine regulations come into effect.
‣ McLaren Racing and Mercedes-Benz have extended their contract until 2030, making McLaren the first customer team confirmed for the period from 2026 when new engine regulations come into effect.
‣ Aston Martin and Williams will use Mercedes power sources until 2026, after which Aston Martin will switch to Honda power sources. Williams is expected to continue with Mercedes engines.
‣ Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, emphasized the benefits of working with strong customer teams and the importance of transparent and equal supply to all customer teams in the sport.
‣ McLaren Racing expressed satisfaction with the partnership, highlighting the confidence in Mercedes-Benz’s powertrains and the success they’ve had together, and looking forward to continued success in the future.
McLaren Racing and Mercedes-Benz have dropped some news. The McLaren F1 Team is sticking with German power for a while longer. The contract between the two has been stretched out to 2030.
So, McLaren is the first customer team confirmed for the period from 2026. That’s when the new engine regulations kick in. Aston Martin and Williams are also on the Mercedes power train till then.
But here’s a twist. Aston Martin is switching to Honda power sources from 2026. As for Williams? The expectation is they’ll keep driving with Mercedes engines.
Toto Wolff, the big guy at Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, had something to say about it. “Working with strong customer teams is a cornerstone of our motorsport strategy,” he explained.
Why? It’s simple. It gives a clear competitive benchmark, speeds up our technical learning, and strengthens the F1 business case for Mercedes-Benz. He went on to praise McLaren. They’ve been fierce and fair competitors since 2021, especially in the second half of this season.
The CEO of McLaren Racing, Zak Brown, chimed in too. “Mercedes-Benz has been a brilliant and reliable partner of the McLaren Formula 1 Team. The extension shows the confidence that our shareholders and the team have in their powertrains and the direction we’re taking with them into the new era of regulations.
Andrea Stella, Team Principal at McLaren F1 Team, added, “We’re pleased to confirm a long-term renewal of our power unit deal with Mercedes-Benz into the new era of regulations. We have great confidence in Mercedes and our relationship with them. They’ve supported our journey back to the front of the grid so far. The security and stability this partnership brings is vital in ensuring we remain on this upward trajectory.
So, there you have it. McLaren and Mercedes-Benz are in it for the long haul. And they’re looking forward to the years to come.