What.

McLaren-Mercedes’ first race, Brazil 1995
McLaren-Mercedes’ first race, Brazil 1995
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With Mercedes power through the 1990s and 2000s, McLaren was one of the most dominant forces in Formula 1. But when Mercedes as a team set itself up to take control in the then-new turbo era, McLaren figured it would only ever be second-rate, so it embarked on a wandering journey to make things work with Honda (catastrophe) and now Renault (still not great). Now we are seeing a new report that McLaren could go back to Mercedes. The sound you hear is of McLaren fans tearing their hair out.

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The news comes to us from Autosport/Motorsport.com, citing unnamed sources, that Mercedes could power McLarens from 2021 on:

Motorsport.com understands that its favoured route has been to secure a customer supply with Mercedes. It has been suggested that talks are now at an advanced stage and a deal could be close.

However, both Mercedes and McLaren declined to comment on the matter when approached by Motorsport.com.

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The report notes that the Renault deal runs out in 2020 and, well, fuck it, I guess.

Great. Cool. So the engine failures, dramas, fights, losses, disgraces of the last half-decade would have been for nothing. NOTHING.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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This I never understood nor do I still understand why McLaren doesn’t make their own mills? I mean come on, they made the F1 dammit...wait, that was a BMW mill...ffs...