Why McLaren is returning to the partner it had to leave
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Why McLaren is returning to the partner it had to leave

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McLaren has decided to be supplied by Mercedes again from 2021, seven years after its then supremo declared a customer deal would never give it the same engine performance as the works team. Is this really the move McLaren needs to make it a force in F1 again?

The McLaren-Mercedes combination will return to Formula 1 in 2021 after a six-season break, in an unlikely reunion that we never thought we'd see.

But Formula 1 never fails to surprise, and as McLaren itself taught us when it rehired Fernando Alonso, anything is possible if both parties see that there's an advantage to be gained, and there are favourable sporting and commercial implications.

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