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.