Ecclestone and Mercedes bosses set for Hockenheim talks

Mercedes F1Jul.20 (GMM) F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is the epitome of imprecision on the matter of the new Concorde Agreement and Mercedes.

Ecclestone said recently that there is “total agreement” in the paddock about the future.

But subsequent reports, essentially confirmed by Mercedes’ Norbert Haug, indicated that Mercedes is in fact yet to sign on the dotted line.

“I am sure Mercedes will soon issue a press release on the subject,” Ecclestone told DAPD news agency when asked about Mercedes’ apparent agreement.

“I will speak with them at Hockenheim,” he then added. “Hopefully there’ll be a final decision there.”

Die Welt newspaper said this week that Mercedes is not only yet to sign up, but that Niki Lauda has been engaged as an intermediary for the negotiations.

“We ask for your understanding that we are not commenting on the negotiations,” Haug insisted.

“This is the standard in the industry, not because we want to hide something,” he added.

But when asked if Mercedes is contemplating pulling out of F1, he answered simply: “No.”

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