Photo: Left to right - Yasuhisa Arai (Senior Managing Officer, Honda R&D Co Ltd; Chief Officer of Motorsport, Honda), Jenson Button, Kevin Magnussen, Fernando Alonso, Ron Dennis (Chairman and CEO, McLaren)
McLaren-Honda Prepares for 2015
McLaren Racing, the Grand Prix team within SAP customer and sports sponsorship partner, McLaren Group, announced their driver line-up for the 2015 Formula One season on Thursday.
The announcement is one of many changes within the team as it lays the foundations for a new long term partnership with Honda as their engine supplier. McLaren and Honda have previously worked together in Formula One and between 1988 and 1992 they won 44 races and eight world championships, all in just 80 Grand Prix.
Formula One is extremely technical and complex and the challenge of creating, developing and racing a brand new engine against established manufacturers is a significant challenge. Therefore having the best drivers and equipment available for the team is crucial to re-establishing this great partnership.
Joining current McLaren driver Jenson Button in 2015, will be double World Champion Fernando Alonso. Between the two drivers they have a combined experience of competing in precisely 500 Grand Prix between them, and have won three World Championships. Kevin Magnussen who raced with the team in 2014 will continue in the role of reserve and test driver.
Speaking at the press conference held at the McLaren Technology Centre in the UK, the drivers said:
“I am joining this project with enormous enthusiasm and determination, knowing that it may require some time to achieve the results we are aiming for, which is no problem for me."
“I have had in-depth discussions with all the senior people at both McLaren and Honda, I have viewed their fantastic facilities in both the UK and Japan, and it is clear to me that, together, McLaren and Honda are in the process of beginning what is sure to be a long and successful partnership. And I intend to give 100% effort to help make it exactly that."
“We have time, we have hopes and we have the necessary resources. Let the legend return: that is our challenge.”
“I am extremely excited to be embarking on my 16th year in Formula 1 and my sixth season for McLaren."
“Like Fernando, I am certain that McLaren and Honda will achieve great things together, and I feel sure that, working together, all of us will pull incredibly hard to create a brilliantly effective winning" team.
“Being a part of new-look McLaren-Honda is a wonderful opportunity for all of us, and I am very pleased to have been invited to do my bit. In fact, I am absolutely raring to go."
2015 will be an exciting year for McLaren Group of which SAP is now an intrinsic part. McLaren Group have been implementing SAP over the past year and this deployment will continue further within the organisation next year. In addition to the racing team, McLaren Automotive will launch a third model to their supercar range along with a number of new dealerships around the world to support this growth. SAP are working with McLaren Automotive to prepare the business for this increased demand.
With a new road car in development and less than 100 days until the start of the new Grand Prix season, McLaren have little time to rest over the winter, however the future is exciting and SAP are pleased to be a partner in helping bring McLaren growth and success both on and off the race track.
Original Press release can be found here: http://www.mclaren.com/formula1/