The bang was unleashed during the Sochi weekend: Mercedes to return feeding the power to McLaren cars after half a decade of failures and technical crisis was certainly among the top stories for highlighting the 2019 F1 campaign. Now that Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz are securing race after race the status of bet of “the other”, ramping behind the tales of the “big three” boys, the new engine could easily provide another more step towards the big competitiveness of the good old time of Raikkonen and Hakkinen.
McLaren Racing and Mercedes-Benz announce that the McLaren F1 team will be powered by Mercedes from 2021 until at least the 2024 season under a long-term agreement.— McLaren (@McLarenF1) September 28, 2019
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But several scenarios have arisen in the last days, proving that there’s more under such an agreement. The first is that Briton Lando Norris could be managed directly from Toto Wolff in the next future: the baby prodigy driver is doing extremely well in his rookie F1 season and this is the sign that top teams have sighted it; if the rumour will turn to be true, McLaren should now be regarded as a customer team at 360°: so, as Racing Point and Williams prove, at least one of its drivers could be selected and chosen from Toto Wolff management, rather than from Zak Brown. George Russell and Valtteri Bottas for Williams, Esteban Ocon at Force India are the examples of the strategy carried on so far. The news went viral because of the fields in which Lando’s father company, Horatio Investments, is interested in: the company is said to have been the link between Woking and Brixworth for making real the deal.
Another question relies about the chance of seeing Fernando Alonso again behind a F1 steering wheel: his involvement into the 2007 SpyGate affair was among the reasons of not being considered for a drive at Brackley. But now wind has changed, if Toto Wolff admitted that 12 years have passed since Nigel Stepney and Mike Coughlan put together the plan and now the peace will be secured between the two teams. An appearance of Alonso at the McLaren will be possible both for the hungry of the Asturian and both for the great opinion Zak Brown has of him. The only obstacle seems to be … Alonso himself: crowned with the 24 hours of Le Mans winner title, only the Indy 500 is left to his willingness of triumph in multi disciplines of motorsport; and even in 2020 the clash between Monaco Grand Prix and the classic American most iconic oval race can set an early stop to the dreams of fans for seeing the #14 on track one more time.