F1 » Ecclestone: Mercedes should have bought McLaren

Bernie Ecclestone has suggested that Mercedes was a little late in launching its own F1 team, but applauded its eventual choice of partner.

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Timmie - Unregistered

April 22, 2010 7:34 AM

Ecclestone does understand that McLaren never wanted to sell to Mercedes right? So they only had the choice of buying into somewhere else.
Ron Dennis even admitted this just a month or so ago that Mercedes made numerous offers over the year but that McLaren was never for sale.

Sometimes you have to wonder how well screwed on that head of Bernies is!

BM - Unregistered

April 22, 2010 8:12 AM

"Those who have been successful and have won titles are still part of F1"

Come off it Haug. Have you forgotten the utter domination of F1 by Honda powered cars in the late 80s?

ted - Unregistered

April 22, 2010 8:23 AM

Why didn't Merc just leave the situation as it was?

Despite what Norbert says it has cost them a lot.. (just the cost of buying Brawn out and the 21 mill a year to Schumacher).. and to be competitive in the future against the gun teams, much more will need to be tipped in, sponsors only stay based on success. I think this will in the future turn into a moneypit.

What I don't understand is they already had massive brand awareness with Mclaren, the 3 pointed star symbol was all over the place on the car, uniforms and advertising plus success.

I think the only extra they have achieved is having Schumacher back which ignited some interest, but I think that is burning out very fast.

TooBored - Unregistered

April 22, 2010 9:01 AM

When will this old man learn to shut the F up? Honestly i watch bbc interview (or at least tried to) him before the chinese race and as he kept in ramblin about some BS, I wonder how the hell is he still in charge.

FreddyFreeloader - Unregistered

April 22, 2010 9:13 AM

I think Mercedes were right to buy brawn. They got a good platform from the outset and can go in the direction they like with it. Mclaren always had differnt long term goals to Mercedes. Mclaren want to be a UK Ferrari - Pure F1 and high performance road cars. The SLR is a good example of this difference. A beautiful car but Mclaren would have made that car over 300 Kilo lighter and razor sharp. Mercedes wanted more of a superfast GT.
Nothing wrong with the Brwan (Honda) platform at all and it was a good deal cheaper than getting Mclaren

J.E.T - Unregistered

April 22, 2010 10:52 AM

Here is an example of McLaren's thinking.

Ron Dennis:"Mercedes tried on more than one occasion to purchase us outright, we rebuffed them every time. McLaren will never be part of another manufacturer"

So in other words Ron was happy for Mercedes to buy 40% at 140 odd million, and also very happy to have their engines, and also very happy to have 80 million a year in financial assistance.
But not happy to "sell-out"? He sold out Mercedes!

Mercedes are better off on their own, at least they will now get credit instead of McLaren.

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