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Mercedes engine deal on table for Red Bull – Berger


Berger hints Mercedes deal on table for Red Bull

Berger hints Mercedes deal on table for Red Bull

As the uncertainty about Red Bull’s future in F1 races on, Gerhard Berger suggests the team could be back in the running for Mercedes power.

It is believed the Daimler board only recently rejected the matter of leaping to Red Bull’s rescue, with the divorce from Renault now just days away.

However, with Red Bull threatening seriously to withdraw both of its teams from the sport, it may be that Bernie Ecclestone has entered the fray.

Berger, historically close to Red Bull, told the German broadcaster Sky: “For me it is quite clear: the person in charge of formula one is required to say ‘It cannot be that our best team, that has been world champion four times, must consider being behind the others for a third year only because of the engine’.”

Red Bull chiefs Christian Horner and Dr Helmut Marko were spotted entering meetings with Ferrari at Suzuka on Saturday.

But Mercedes may also now be back in the running.

“It has been going back and forth,” said Berger, who is close to Austrian countryman Dietrich Mateschitz.

“I cannot tell where the discussions are at the moment, except that Helmut Marko is the new best friend of Toto Wolff,” he smiled.

Berger also rejected the theory that Red Bull is only getting what it deserves, having so stridently lambasted Renault throughout the ‘power unit’ era.

He said: “Red Bull is a four time world champion and I would say they are still the best team.

“To now be in a situation where they have to desperately seek a competitive engine is intolerable,” Berger added. “And I think it’s absolutely right that Red Bull says ‘We don’t accept any B-engine’.” (GMM)

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9 Comments
  • grimreaper

    try telling redbull that lol

  • J Jones

    Probably, but a Renault engine is still better than no engine!

  • grimreaper

    merc should supply them 2014 spec engine, still better then renault engine !

  • MrBlubz

    The Austrian Mafia must be cut out of F1.
    If we are to buy into the Berger argument then we must see F1 is a business first and a sport last. Some how Bernie can not let a four time WCC be any less then some imaginary level of performance and other teams MUST participate in making that happen. Competition is for silly people, F1 is about guaranteed results with the FIA and FOM working out all the details.
    Red Bull shit on every opportunity to make F1 better, at no point in their short life did Red Bull help out other teams that they competed with. Year after year Red Bull voted for an end result that favored them NOT F1, -remember FOTA- and now they must get an engine from the top engine maker? Made their bed, time to sleep in it. Red Bull should be kicked out of F1, lay them flat and then see how righteous Deter M is.
    If anyone wanted to understand just how fucked up F1 is, just watch this saga.

  • longshot

    Unlike previous eras in Formula 1, the engine development rules & ever-decreasing token system prevent other teams from catching up. Ferrari has come close, but Renault and Honda are floundering. Any new engines will need to get it 100% right from day one, as by the time they’re introduced there’ll be no tokens left.

    When Red Bull or Ferrari gained an advantage in the past, there were no regulations safeguarding that advantage. Other teams could catch up if they were willing to put in the R&D. Indeed, often the rules were changed to wipe out any advantage gained by the dominant team and level the playing field.

    The situation now is not like it used to be.

    If you don’t have a competitive PU, you can’t compete, which allows the two successful engine manufacturers to decide which privateer gets a decent lump and which is does not, determined by whether or not the privateer might make a challenge to the dominance of the works team.

    There will be no more engine suppliers to provide alternatives, Renault has proven incompetent so far and Honda has found it much harder than anticipated & is no position to supply anyone.

    Things are screwed, basically, and will be until the regulations change to allow more engine development.

  • maserati123

    If you want top class power unit and chassis,then build it,or take what you get.

  • Eziashi na’aka di’nweni

    Spot on. Competitive advantage is competitive advantage. If u want it, build it otherwise take what you’re given. Period.

  • Andrew

    Merc carrying it off to the sunset!

    That’s exactly what Redbull had been doing until the new engine rules came about.

    F1 is about engine, chassis and aerodynamics. Why shouldn’t a team have be superior in any one of those area’s, why separate an engine from everything else?

    There’s no reason at all why Mercedes should supply the teams with identical engine’s, they devoloped it.

  • Derek Andrews

    Spot on no team should have to put up with a B- class power unit or software all teams should have equal items from the works teams lets see some real racing not Merc running off into the sunset

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