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‘Realistic’ McLaren not expecting wins in first year with Mercedes

McLaren F1 boss Andreas Seidl says the Woking-based outfit must remain “realistic” and not expect to contend for race wins in its first year with future engine supplier Mercedes.

McLaren will trade its current Renault power unit for a Mercedes engine from 2021, the pair reviving a relationship that previously yielded 78 Grands Prix wins and three drivers titles between 1995 and 2013.

While McLaren will have access to arguably the best engine on the grid next season, the switch won’t automatically propel the papaya squad into the winner’s circle insists Seidl.

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