F1 » Mercedes-Benz to buy share of Brawn GP?


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Alan D - Unregistered

September 07, 2009 1:11 PM

If the FIA would be so happy to see Cosworth supplying all comers, why should it object to Mercedes doing the same?

Back in the days when engines were supposedly used by one team only, didn't one of the engine builders, (Ferrari ?) supply its engines under the Petronas label to Sauber? What would stop Mercedes doing the same?

If there are insufficient engine makers currently to supply the teams, and if there is a freeze on engine development, how can a new engine manufacturer enter the sport? With a freeze on development, what choice is there but to allow Mercedes, Renault etc to supply more engines?

Alan D - Unregistered

September 07, 2009 1:12 PM

Andrew, yes Force India seems to have improved its car substantially. Could that be due to the fact that Mclaren has seconded some of its engineers to Force India to provide technical assistance?

Alan D - Unregistered

September 07, 2009 1:14 PM

The Brawn is the future of the sport? Now that the Honda money has run out and the guy who designed the "monster of a car" has left under circumstances that no-one seems to want to talk about, they perhaps don't look like such a good bet to me to be the future of the sport.

andrewm

September 07, 2009 1:14 PM
Last Edited 1935 days ago

Alan - good point I forgot about that. Force India have the McLaren KERS unit (should they wish to use it), the same gear box and technical support. But they are certainly a team on the way up.

With Brawn, I think they will be swamped with potential sponsors for next year so the cash flow should sort itself out. Also, Ross brawn himself has a good technical brain. It isn't a coincidence that the Brawn car bares a resembalence to the Ferrari that dominated a few years back. Looking front on, the cars are very similar.

Minardimatt - Unregistered

September 07, 2009 1:27 PM

Very wise move by Mercedes in my view. Histroy dictates that companies and individuals who are more bold and invest rather than withdraw in a recession stand to gain a lot more when the economy recovers. I don't see that Mercedes will be any different in this regard.
A group of teams providing feedback regarding your engines is more constructive than one team giving feedback and will no doubt help to not only improve their engines in F1 but also their roadcar division wituh new innovation... Mercedes should be applauded.

richard

September 07, 2009 1:34 PM

alan, sauber used the ferrari engine when there was NO restriction. the only reason that it was rebadged, was in deference to petronas, who were putting up a lot of spondoolocks to purchase the engine. the restriction only came in a couple of years ago, but seems to have been ignored anyway.

JohnsonsEvilTwin

September 07, 2009 1:48 PM

Mercedes-Benz are showing the manufacturers how it should be done. Ferrari are always going to be there because of the "special relationship" (unfair as it is).
But Mercedes are there to win, given their 1.5 bn loss in the 3rd/4 of 2009 it makes this news all the more impressive.

A poster alluded that in times of recession by investing more you stand to gain alot more than just making cuts as Honda(sadly) and BMW(less so) have done.
I would agree and I hope they do reap the rewards for their commitment to OUR sport.
Brawn-AMG? hmmmmmm :)

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