Mercedes have been tipped to act as consultants to Honda in a bid to help them overcome their engine problems with McLaren.
There have been strong calls for McLaren to return to a partnership with Mercedes as their engine supplier, but they could play a helping hand another way without the contract between the Woking team and Honda being broken.
According to Motorsport.com, Honda have already entered discussions with Mercedes about playing the role of advisor and help them develop their power unit faster than the current rate.
It is no secret that Honda are looking for outside help, with the FIA another potential avenue that they may go down.
Honda chief Yusuke Hasegawa has remained tight-lipped on the specific steps being made to make their engines competitive.
"Actually we have been doing everything we can do," Hasegawa told Motorsport.com.
"We are utilising every source from outside. From the beginning of March, we are almost changing our organisation [completely]. I think it works better, but it was too late to modify our development [so far]…
"Of course it is not easy because engine modifications take time which is an issue. We have seen some good elements, but still, the whole package is not ready."
"We don't disclose any consultants or supplier, but we are using lots of outside resource."
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