The McLaren-Mercedes partnership which dominated the opening two races of
1998 will continue into the next century after the two parties extended
their exclusive deal to 2002.

The new contract was apparently agreed during a short meeting between
McLaren boss Ron Dennis and representatives of the German motor giant, with
both sides keen to continue working together. There was, however, a clause
inserted which could allow Mercedes to supply a second team in the

Although both companies wish to maintain the exclusive nature of the deal,
Mercedes sporting director Norbert Haug has confirmed that there is
provision to supply engines to a second team (where it would be beneficial
for F1). McLaren, however, would have the final say on the matter.



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