The chiefs of F1 rivals Mercedes and Renault have confirmed they are ready to co-operate on non-competitive topic, among growing speculation that Mercedes could yet supply engines to the Red Bull Racing.
Early in this week Renault confirms that withdraw from F1 engine supplier role and continue as a factory team for upcoming season. Also the French engine manufactures looks to buy-out the Lotus F1 team.
“We either move out or we move on – and that is the subject of ongoing discussions,” said during the Frankfurt motor show, Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, who added that if his firm stayed in F1, it would only supply customer engines again once it had established its own standalone team.
Mercedes and Renault cannot co-operate on the development of technical parts because this is against F1 rules. However, Mercedes could agree to end its existing engine supply deal with the Lotus team to pave the way for Renault to buy the privateer team and rebrand it as a works concern.
“I have open discussions with Dieter [Zetsche – Daimler boss] about Formula 1. We will continue to be competitive but if there are some areas that don’t change the nature of the co-operation, then why not?” Ghosn told Autocar
When the source asked if he could envisage circumstances where a Mercedes engine could power a Red Bull next year, Zetsche said: “We would very much like Renault to stay in F1, but that must be their decision. If we can help with that in any way we will.”