Mercedes has dismissed suggestions by former F1 team principal Eddie Jordan that they will quit Formula 1 after the 2018 season.
The former F1 team boss and Channel 4 television pundit told Auto Bild he believes the reigning World Champions “will probably pull the plug at the end of 2018”.
The German marque’s dominance is under threat this season by a resurgent Ferrari who, with three wins in the first six races of the season, lead the Silver Arrows by 17 points in the Constructors’ Championship standings. With a seemingly better car, the Italian team is firming as a favourite to return to championship glory.
Jordan added: “I think they [Mercedes] will go for the titles this and next year and then the board of directors in Stuttgart will decide to sell the team and stay only as an engine maker. I would do the same, because Mercedes have won everything and it can only get worse from now.
“So it’s better to go back to their old core business in Formula 1, which is developing and delivering high-tech engines.”
Jordan – who has a reputation for publicising often outrageous claims – drew a swift rebuke from Mercedes F1 Executive Director Toto Wolff (pictured above), who described the Irishman’s “baseless” claims as “mischievous speculation”.
“Monaco is a place where people like to party and it seems like somebody did a bit too much of that,” he retorted.
“Mercedes has firm contracts for its participation in Formula 1 until the end of 2020 and is currently in discussions about the next competitive cycle with the sport’s new owners.”
Mercedes returned to the sport in 2010 when they took over then reigning champions Brawn GP. The team has dominated the sport since the introduction of the current turbo-hybrid era power unit regulations in 2014, effortlessly securing a hat-trick of Drivers’ and Constructors’ crowns.
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