Mercedes GP Team Principal Ross Brawn has come out to attack certain sections of the media who he believes have misquoted him by suggesting that Mercedes-Benz should not supply their engines to Red Bull for this season.
With Red Bull – not in their fourth consecutive season using Renault customer engines – confirming that they are re-evaluating their engine supply options for 2011, Italy’s Autosprint quoted Brawn as saying that Mercedes-Benz should consider “long and hard” whether it should add a fourth team to its engine stable.
With engine supply arrangements set up for the works team in addition to customer supply arrangements with McLaren and Force India, the comments were interpreted as Brawn not wanting to see the best engine on the grid married with what could potentially be the best chassis on the 2011 grid.
Red Bull was known to be angling for a Mercedes engine supply for the 2010 season, and plenty of finger-pointing occurred between McLaren and Mercedes GP as to which party blocked the supply deal (it turned out to be McLaren).
In an attempt to clarify the matter, Brawn told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport: “I was asked by an Italian journalist whether Mercedes could cope with a fourth team.
“I replied that Cosworth should supply any vacancies, because that’s the way it was planned by the FIA – that they should be in business so that in an emergency there is not the reliance on the manufacturers [to supply engines].
“In the translation from Italian into English someone has added one and one together and come up with Red Bull,” he fumed.
Coming out in support for Brawn, Mercedes’ Competition Director Norbert Haug told reporters at the Turkish Grand Prix that supplying a fourth team in 2011 would be “definitely very difficult”.
[original image via This is London]