May 21 (GMM/ McLaren is likely to contest the rest of the 2014 season without a title sponsor, according to Italy’s

Last month, in the wake of former main backer Vodafone’s departure, rumours emerged that the Woking team was in talks with a Japanese giant called Rakuten, the Tokyo based owner of and

It was said the deal could be worth $60 million per year to McLaren, a grandee British team that has struggled for competitiveness in 2013 and so far in 2014.

However, claims the talks to bring Ratuken to McLaren in 2014 have not resulted in a deal, adding that it is possible Lotus could now secure an agreement instead.