Brawn and Ecclestone battle may lead Mercedes to quit F1

(L to R): Mokhzani Mahathir (MAL) Sepang Circuit, Ross Brawn (GBR) Mercedes GP Team Principal, Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) CEO Formula One Group (FOM) and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (MAL). Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday 4 April 2010.

Bernie Ecclestone and Ross Brawn

Apr.26 (GMM) A growing spat between Ross Brawn and Bernie Ecclestone could drive the German giant Mercedes out of Formula 1, according to a new media report.

Formula 1 chief executive Ecclestone recently confirmed he is at loggerheads with Mercedes over the next Concorde Agreement.

But at the same time, he insisted that the Stuttgart marque is “very important to F1. I have always supported them and I will always,” he is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport.

Indeed, Mercedes has its own (and latterly, winning) works team, powers the marquee McLaren outfit, and also supplies engines to Force India.

Ecclestone’s dispute is with fellow Englishman Brawn, who is the Brackley based Mercedes GP team’s principal.

“I have spoken to the team manager (Brawn) about  [the dispute] and he seems to believe that the team has won a few world titles and about 80 races since the Tyrrell days,” said the 81-year-old.

Sport Bild reports that Ecclestone is refusing to give in to Brawn’s demands for extra Concorde Agreement entitlements for past title successes and history.

The magazine said the relationship has become so tense that Ecclestone has even refused to give a joint interview with Brawn.

“He (Brawn) was never very nice to me,” the F1 ‘supremo’ is quoted as saying.

The German report said that there is a risk that Mercedes will, as a result of the ‘ice age’ between the British duo, pull the plug on its entire F1 involvement.

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  • Kimi4WC

    It’s not Bernie who is going to ruin Mercedes team.

    It’s Mercedes own shareholders who sleep and dream to close F1 team, that Mercedes victory in China couldn’t come at a better moment.

    I wont be surprised if we not going to get more victories from Mercedes this season, team will be shut down before next year.

  • ?

    I certainly wouldn’t want to see the team going back to Brawn GP and lose their 100% record. Maybe Tyrrell….but he’s no longer with us. Oh, yes, BAR! No……Honda? They’re gone…..oh, yes, make Cosworth buy it and we’ll have “Cosworth GP”, which maybe will turn into Jaguar the next year.

    If Mercedes is to also quit as a supplier (Not that I see that happening), Which one would be better? McLaren Ferrari, McLaren Renault, McLaren Cosworth, or McLaren Audi (Volkswagen rebranded, maybe?)?

  • Kevin

    Without knowing the details and existing accommodations made, it’s impossible to know if this is just a bluff move by Merc, Bernie being a jerk, or Brawn being hard core, and where the boundaries are between the works effort and the engine supply contracts. In the end, F1 needs Merc more than Merc needs F1. The company, like BMW, Porsche, et al, will do just fine without F1. Bernie needs to get over himself and keep Merc on board, at least thru 2013.

  • Anthony

    It seems like this is two stubborn individuals being stubborn.

  • McLarenFan

    Well considering A Daimler shareholder has called on the German car giant to pull its works Mercedes team out of F1. Fund manager Ingo Speich, of the Daimler shareholder Union Investment, said at Daimler’s annual general meeting that he is disappointed Mercedes has lost ground to road car rivals Audi and BMW. ‘Mercedes is no longer the measure of all things in the premium sector,’
    This was 2 weeks ago

  • Bec

    Like most manufacturer teams, Mercedes are run by accountants, and like the other ‘here today gone tomorrow’ manufacturer teams, F1 won’t miss them.

  • McLarenFan

    @ Bec we will if they stop supplying there power to McLaren & Force India every team with a Ferrari, Renault or Ford

  • Bec

    @McLarenFan

    Then they’ll just buy engines from someone else.
    Plenty to choose from.

  • Maranealo

    It would be mistake if mercedes pull the plug.

  • f1

    bad idea… the old man’s gonna die anyway

  • Nemo

    This is just business. Merc arent going to leave.

  • Stewy33

    Ross Brawn will buy his team back from Merc, and than go back to Brawn GP…

  • oreo

    maybe we will see brawn gp coming back soon….
    Maybe schumacher and rosberg still over there…….