myurr wrote:It's all speculation but my guess is that unless Mercedes bite the bullet and agree to some spectacularly bad terms for an early pull out, that McLaren will use Mercedes power until the next change in engine formula (which I think is at the same time as the current deal runs out anyway). In the background they'll buy BMW's engine department and start early R&D on the new engine, aiming to get the march on the rest of the field. They'll also expand the engine dept so that they can build their road car engines there.
If it does pan out in that kind of direction then we really could see McLaren going head to head with Ferrari on the track and on the road, with a similar business model and long term strategy.
ISLAMATRON wrote:All of this why? Because Merc wants German drivers? It would have been cheaper to put MS in a McLaren.
ISLAMATRON wrote:Guess so, but didnt they know that going into the deal with McLaren, now they are going to have to pay a very large amount to get out of the deal.
What is it they will gain(in terms over control of the team) by shifting behind Brawn? If they desperately needed a german driver they could have easily placed Nico at McLaren. Just overall bad business planning by Merc at every angle of this... But McLaren might be coming out of all this smiling.
horse wrote:It doesn't surprise me if this is the case that Red Bull are sticking with Renault. I'm sure the rhetoric towards Renault from Red Bull has changed dramatically from when Christian Horner couldn't stop proclaiming "our weakness" (an obvious reference to the engine) is what cost them in Monza.
WhiteBlue wrote:...In that case Ron and Mansour will probably have no control over the sale of the Merc shares. A new and unfriendly majority owner with a different strategic direction...
myurr wrote:If McLaren did buy BMW's engine dept would they then be exempt from the homologation rules until the engine is first raced?
axle wrote:BMW have stated that the Engine division is not for sale as a whole, but that they expect people to be rehoused in BMW itself + other teams.
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