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Aston Martin’s tie-up would initiate Mercedes engine contract for four-time F1 champions

The British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin is negotiating a shock return to F1 in a tie-up with Red Bull for 2016 F1 season that would bring the team Mercedes engines.

Autocar reported that, Mercedes owns 5% of Aston Martin, which competed in F1 for just two seasons, in 1959 and 1960, with very limited success.

While Mercedes would be the team’s official engine suppliers, Aston Martin would become a technical and brand partner to the team, as is the case at the moment with Infiniti. Most likely around the air box that sits over the engine.

Early Mercedes Motorsport boss Toto Wolff has indicated Mercedes is ready to be flexible amid rumours Renault is looking to take over Lotus.

At an apparently crucial moment in history for F1 as the sport seeks to change direction, Carter’s comments might only make sense if Lopez has already agreed to move on permanently.

So if Lotus is taken over by Renault, it will mean the team has to breach its engine supply contract with Mercedes.

Asked about that at Silverstone, Mercedes’ Wolff said: “At the moment the (Lotus) contract runs from 2015 to 2020.

“If Renault comes in and Lotus wants to get out of the contract, we will find a solution,” the forthright Austrian is quoted by Speed Week.

“Renault staying in formula one is in everyone’s interests,” Wolff added.

If Lotus does drop Mercedes power, it might be a neat solution for the struggling Red Bull, who might suddenly be left without even an underpowered Renault supply.

When asked the possibility of powering Red Bull, Wolff would only say: “We would have to look at the new situation.”

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