The McLaren Racing Formula One Team announced on Friday ahead of this weekend’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit that they have extended their engine partnership with Mercedes-Benz.
The Woking-based outfit returned to Mercedes power in 2021 when the team won the Italian Grand Prix with Daniel Ricciardo while Lando Norris came second.
The new agreement runs through to thw end of 2030.
Markus Schaefer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Chief Technology Officer said:
“We are delighted to continue our partnership with McLaren Racing to at least the end of this decade. “The long-term nature of this agreement reflects our shared trust and commitment to our future power unit strategy. Together, we look forward to building momentum towards 2026 and the beginning of another new era of an electrified innovative power unit design in Formula 1.”
Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff commented saying:
“It has been a cornerstone of our motorsport strategy to work with strong customer teams. “This has many advantages: it gives a clear competitive benchmark, accelerates our technical learning, and strengthens the overall F1 business case for Mercedes-Benz. McLaren have been fierce and fair competitors since 2021, especially in the second half of this season. McLaren’s strong performances underline the importance of transparent and equal supply to all customer teams in the sport, if we wish to achieve the goal of 10 teams capable of fighting for podium finishes.”
Hywel Thomas, Managing Director of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains said:
The team at HPP enjoys a long and successful history with McLaren, and we’re delighted to confirm the extension of the relationship into the new regulation cycle. “Securing this agreement now, with two full seasons until we race the 2026 power unit, gives us a great opportunity to optimise our combined efforts for lap time. We are looking forward to renewing our relationship and working together towards that goal.”
McLaren Racing’s Zak Brown said:
Looking ahead to 2026, development of the new power unit has been underway since mid-2022 at Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth, UK. This high-performance R&D centre has produced every Mercedes-AMG F1 powertrain but is also a cutting-edge development facility for the wider group when it comes to high-performance electric propulsion technology. Preparation for 2026 is a long-term game, in which clarity and continuity will be extremely important, and a healthy portfolio of the best possible customer teams will deliver faster learning when the cars hit the track in 2026.
Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing stated:
Mercedes-Benz have been a brilliant and reliable partner of the McLaren Formula 1 Team. The extension signifies the confidence that our shareholders and the wider team have in their powertrains and the direction we’re taking with them into the new era of regulations ahead. We have been successful together, both in the last three seasons and when they previously powered the team, so we look forward to the success to come as we continue our journey to fight consistently at the front of the grid.”
Andrea Stella, Team Principal, McLaren F1 Team, said,
“We are 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, and the security and stability this partnership brings is vital in ensuring we remain on this upward trajectory. I would like to thank them for their collaboration so far and we look forward to the years to come.”