McLaren has confirmed that it will continue to use the Renault engine in the event that the 2020 F1 season is extended to January 2021.
The McLaren team is expected to leave Renault at the end of the 2020 season and switch to the Mercedes engine from 2021.
However, due to the health crisis and the postponement of the start of the 2020 season, there is a good chance that the new calendar that will be published by the authorities may spill over into the beginning of 2021.
In that case, the McLaren team has confirmed that it will obviously continue to use the Renault power unit to end the season, before switching to the Mercedes engine later on.
“If that happens, which we will be racing in January, I don’t think there will be any problem with our agreement with Renault. “says Andreas Seidl.
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“It is important to say that we have an excellent relationship with them, an open and transparent relationship. So I don’t see any problems in that respect.
“This is obviously a change of plan for us, as we had planned to integrate the Mercedes powertrain into the new car with the 2021 regulations. Obviously the situation is different now.
“For sure, there will be restrictions on how we can integrate this power supply unit into the current car.
“We have an excellent relationship with the FIA, they will monitor very closely that we are only allowed to make changes that are absolutely necessary to install the Mercedes powertrain.
“They will closely monitor that we don’t touch any of the areas around the power unit which will give us, let’s say, additional performance gains, which we fully understand and accept.
“At the end of the day, we have to look at the big picture, which is that we have to accept – and we support – this [rules] freeze that’s happening right now because it ensures maximum savings for this year. ”
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