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    That was dated June 14 after the Canadian GP. Has anything else come up about this since then
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    Not really, I think Mclaren have decided to buy Honda in it's entirety just so they can use Mercedes engines....
    Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone............

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    It shows why 'high tech' these motors are, if a company like Honda can't work out how to get enough power out of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 63-1092 View Post
    That was dated June 14 after the Canadian GP. Has anything else come up about this since then
    No I haven't seen anything more recent. Articles suggesting the split started appearing in March, including claims that McLaren had approached Mercedes for engines.

    I wonder if Ron Dennis selling his McLaren's stake has any bearing on any future relationship?
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    There were rumours around that Sauber were going to go with Honda engines next year. The latest however is that Sauber have signed a multiyear deal with Ferrari for engines. I wonder if Ferrari have offered them a sweet dewal to try to lock out Honda?

    F1 Hungarian GP: Sauber signs multi-year Ferrari engine deal | F1 News | Crash

    Did hear a snippet that McLaren was going to continue with Honda, but haven't been able to find anything in English language press to support that.
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    Mclaren are staying with Honda.

    Sauber were originally heading towards Honda and did the switcharoo. Who can blame them. Its probably also to do with Ferrari using them for miles like they do with Hass.

    An interesting thing to note. Hass test driver was flown back to italy after Friday practice to sit in the simulator for hours of testing and trying to find some gains. They sure did. 1/2 quail, 1/2 race.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cam85 View Post
    As long as someone beats Vettel!
    Kimi had the speed as Vettel had power steering issues, but not the clearance to win the race. I am happier if Vettel or Hamilton don't win, anyone else will do. Sorry, I forgot about Max, don't like him much either.

    The only way Kimi will be permitted to win a race is if someone other than Vettel is second as he is in reality out of the title chase.
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    Couldnt agree more.

    Seb has only won totles when others are fed to the rats
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    Poor Kimi. The indignities you have to suffer to earn $20 million a year to thrash other people's cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Handley View Post
    Poor Kimi. The indignities you have to suffer to earn $20 million a year to thrash other people's cars.

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    Nowhere near 20 million. He was forced to take a pay cut for 2017 and reportedly it is only mere 7 million Euros
    guaranteed plus performance bonuses, which were fairly meager first half of the year.. What I want to know is, when he helps Vettel, does he also lose the performance bonus?

    Quote Originally Posted by cam85 View Post
    Couldnt agree more.

    Seb has only won totles when others are fed to the rats
    I think Daniel really showed him up at red Bull. Given that his performance appears to have improved, I suspect there was something with the Red Bull cars handling and/or tyres that did not suit him. Sometime back he was struggling with the Ferrari's (relatively speaking) and was constantly frustrated. IMO Ferrari have continued their car development to suit Vettel's style (as well as improving the car/package).

    There also appears to be power battle at Ferrari between two of the bosses and troops may start taking sides, wonder how that will impact on the performance for the second half of the year. German publication Bild claims there is a power struggle between Maurizio Arrivabene and technical manager Mattia Binotto. Do they have insight or are they being mischevious?


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