Mclaren chief executive Zac Brown has said that Mercedes and Ferrari are not interested in supplying them with engines next year as they “enjoy seeing us where we are”.
Mclaren is still considering cutting ties with current supplier Honda after 3 years of poor performance and reliability which saw Fernando Alonso take a 30place grid penalty in Britain and then retire from the race.
However, without Mercedes or Ferrari joining forces with the Woking squad Renault, who themselves are not interested in another customer team, would be the only other option.
Speaking to Sky Sports he said:
“We’re a great team, McLaren has shown the ability to win races and championships, But I think several other teams enjoy seeing us where we are today.
“They fear we can go back to being a threat, a fear which is understandable.”
Mclaren needs to make a decision this summer, however, so they can work on next years car and try to resign Fernando Alonso.
“We’ve spoken with Honda about a variety of different scenarios, We ultimately think that Honda can get the job done, they have in the past.
“We need to make sure the development comes at a faster pace. We’re starting to work on our 2018 car now and you can only go so far before you need to know the architecture of what you’re doing.
“So I think around the summer time, which obviously isn’t far away, we need to finalise what we’re doing with Honda moving forward.
“We can’t continue to be uncompetitive – that’s not what McLaren race for. It’s been three years, so we need to see some drastic power adjustments or some different ways to get there.
“We, like Fernando, want to be winning races and being on the podium and in the current state we can’t do that – so some things need to change.”