Mercedes: “leaving Formula 1 would be peter oil”

Fans who fear that F1 is doomed to disappear can take a breath again. Mercedes does not want to leave the sport yet.

Hopefully we still have some exciting F1 races ahead of us in 2020, but many in the paddock are already thinking about the future. You don’t have to tell anyone there that that future is precarious for the sport. Apart from Ferrari’s participation, nothing is forever in F1. This year, for example, we have already seen that the Williams family had to say goodbye to the team of the same name. In addition, Honda announced that it would leave the sport again.

Even without Corona’s challenges, F1 is going through turbulent times. How relevant is the sport in an era when we all have to drive EVs, many wonder. I think that is a bit nonsense. It’s not like there was a naturally aspirated V10 in the average 2005 Renault. The fact that it had the same logo as the title-winning RS25, was enough ‘link’ for great marketing. It is of course a farce to claim that the current Power Units with their complex MGU-H technology have a little more to do with the turbo engine in your Twingo or A-Class than a roaring multi-cylinder. Maybe some truly visionary PR gurus should consider this…

Anyway, rightly so or not, with only three engine suppliers remaining in 2022 (unless Red Bull does its own thing), F1 looks vulnerable. The newly signed Concorde Agreement only offers a false sense of security in this respect. The manufacturers can pack their bags every year without giving reasons. And it’s not like that’s an unthinkable scenario.

Doomsayers see the fact that Renault will continue as Alpine next year as a foretaste of the departure of La Régie from sports. After all, they can leave as Alpine and not as Renault. PR-moderately a bit more convenient. Mercedes in turn, has long been associated with a staged exit via a (partial) takeover by INEOS. New CEO Ola Kallenius is said to be considerably less charmed by the sport than his predecessor Dr. Zetsche. Ola would rather count beans than finance potentially money-consuming prestige projects, it says.

Still, there is now a bit of good news in that regard. Ola reveals to Manager Magazin that Mercedes has indeed ‘weighted’ its F1 participation at the beginning of this year. However, the conclusion was that Mercedes would be crazy to leave F1:

We re-weighted our participation in Formula 1 at the beginning of this year. Prices for television rights are rising significantly. In Asia, Europe, South America, interest in Formula 1 is growing everywhere. In addition, the number of young fans is exploding, mainly thanks to the use of social media and E-sports. Are we going to throw this away now? Then we would be crazy.

Ola Kallenius, looks at it all soberly

So you will enjoy HAM 1, BOT 2 for years to come. Are you looking forward to it? Let us know, in the comments!


  1. fastforward says

    The Audi feeling at Le Mans. Very clever but destroys the sport. And Hamilton is grossly overvalued. * dives *


    • theblazerunner says

      @fastforward: Even MV says Hamilton is very, very good. He just thinks he is as good (or better) himself, something I would very well believe possible.

  2. benja01 says

    Mercedes does not destroy the sport. They don’t dictate that the competition can’t keep up with them … the rules ensure that.

  3. driving on the left says

    Stopping at your peak is the best after all. Saying goodbye when really no one can keep up with you with the words: it is better for the sport if we stop.

    • peanut king says

      @lekkerlinksrijden: that would be a great excuse in case they wanted to stop. As it seems now that is not the case, while I actually expected that they would stop

  4. Ricksmits says

    I don’t get that they don’t just go back to the v12 or something. As stated, in 2005 there were no such blocks in the b classes.

    Is it relevant to product? No. Could major car manufacturers say goodbye? Yes. But with simplified cars and budget caps, wouldn’t it be interesting for teams like redbull, haas, williams rtc etc? Okay, no more Mercedes engines. But maybe Cossworth or other engineering / performance companies that come there.

    There may not be many cygnets being sold anymore, but the niche performance market simply draws sensations … whether it is f1 with V12s or a supercar driving down the pc high street.

    Maybe I think too easy, but yes


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