The future of Mercedes in F1 has been called into question by a report suggesting it could be considering its position in the sport.

According to The Times, Mercedes is said to be unhappy about the fact that it is set to miss out on a place on the board when F1 floats on the stock exchange.

A number of other teams, including Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren, are reported to have been offered a place on the board, leaving Mercedes far from happy with the situation.

"Mercedes, which is estimated to have spent more than ?1 billion on grand-prix racing in the past two decades, is on the verge of quitting Formula One as the company is denied a seat in the new boardroom that will control the sport when a Stock Exchange float is completed," the report read.

"Red Bull, the relative newcomers to grand-prix racing, and Ferrari have both been promised boardroom places by Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One's chief executive, as he lines up a float that could value Formula One at up to ?6 billion.

"Mercedes, who registered their first win of the modern era in China only last month, have been isolated with McLaren, their former partners, also being handed a place."

The report comes less than a month after Mercedes took its first victory in F1 in the modern era, with Nico Rosberg storming to top spot in the Chinese Grand Prix.


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