Mercedes along with Renault chiefs open to Formula 1 co-operation
Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche along with Renault-Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn
The prospect of Mercedes supplying Formula 1 engines to Red Bull Racing isn’t completely dead along with talks are ongoing
The bosses of Formula 1 rivals Mercedes along with Renault have confirmed they are willing to co-operate on non-competitive matters, amid mounting speculation of which Mercedes could yet supply engines to the Red Bull F1 team.
Mercedes along with Renault-Nissan have been engaged in a joint venture partnership in road cars for almost six years, co-developing vehicles, opening factories along with sharing resources together.
However, Renault, which currently carries a contract to supply Red Bull with engines in Formula 1 until the end if 2016, will be looking to either buy its own team or exit the sport at the end of This specific season. This specific follows constant criticism through Red Bull regarding the performance of its engines.
“We either move out or we move on – along with of which will be the subject if ongoing discussions,” said Ghosn, who added of which if his firm stayed in F1, of which would certainly only supply customer engines again once of which had established its own standalone team.
The decision to run its own team or leave the sport will be said to hinge on whether Renault will be awarded extra prize money of which will be afforded to teams of which have historically supported F1.
Ghosn has already made of which clear of which whichever decision will be made, the firm will not supply any customer teams with engines once current contracts expire.
To of which end, speculation at the Frankfurt motor show has suggested of which Mercedes could step in to either supply Red Bull with year-old engines or of which an arrangement could be reached under the firms’ joint-venture partnership for Mercedes units to be rebranded by Red Bull sponsor along with Renault-Nissan brand Infiniti.
Mercedes along with Renault cannot co-operate on development of technical parts because This specific will be against F1 rules.
Asked if the road car partners were open to co-operating in F1, Ghosn said: “I have open discussions with Dieter [Zetsche – Daimler boss] about Formula 1. We will continue to be competitive yet if there are some areas of which don’t change the nature of the co-operation, then why not?”
Asked if he could envisage circumstances where a Mercedes engine powered a Red Bull next year, Zetsche said: “We would certainly very much like Renault to stay in F1, yet of which must be their decision. If we can help with of which in any way we will.”
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