The rumor that Honda would soon announce a return to Formula 1 picked up more steam with a report from Japan's Sankei News that the manufacturer would confirm this week that it will return to the sport with a supply deal to former F1 partner McLaren.
Britain's BBC reported back in March that McLaren will raceo Honda turbo engines for the 2015 season, which it said will mark the Japanese company's return to Formula 1 for the first time since 2008. The rumors then and since about a renewed Honda-McLaren partnership have produced "no comments" by both parties
Honda pulled out of F1 after years of poor results with its own team, which subsequently won the World Championship as Brawn in 2009 and is now racing as Mercedes.
If it happens, the McLaren-Honda partnership would mark a renewal of one of F1's most successful associations between a road car manufacturer and a race team. McLaren-Hondas won four consecutive World Championships from 1988-'91 with Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.