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Mercedes eyes F1 ‘B-team’ idea

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Toto Wolff says Mercedes would consider F1 B-team, like Ferrari link-up with Sauber and Haas F1, its allow it to do so for a performance benefit.

The Italian F1 squad’s partnership with Sauber for 2018 F1 will see the team officially badged as ‘Alfa-Romeo [part of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group] Sauber’.

“I think what [Ferrari president] Sergio Marchionne and Maurizio [Arrivabene] are doing is very clever,” Wolff told ESPN. “They’ve had a good relationship with Haas. That has helped Haas and helped Ferrari and what they are doing now with Sauber is very visionary. With Fred [Vassuer] he has a team principal on the other side who knows the business inside out and it can be an alliance that can be dangerous for us.”

Wolff is open to the concept of Mercedes replication either Ferrari example with another team on the grid and has admitted it is an area he is already exploring.

“It’s something that we are considering. It’s not easy because you don’t want to distract your own organisation with a collaboration with another team on the other side. We are not the only ones who are having intelligent ideas — we are having discussions but nothing is done yet.”

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