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Mario Illien has played down suggestions Ilmor might be set to re-enter F1 in 2021.

Liberty Media hopes that by simplifying the engine rules, independent players like Ilmor and Cosworth will consider launching projects.

But Ilmor co-founder and chief Illien says that is unlikely.

He said of the 2021 plan: “In principle it is the right direction — the technology must become simpler and cheaper.

“But for a private manufacturer, we cannot do it without outside help.

“I could not develop a business model like we have in Indycar, because I would have probably only one or two customers. And if one does not pay the bill, I’m dead.

“Without a sponsor behind me I could not build this engine for formula one,” Illien told Auto Motor und Sport.

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