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Mercedes talked about quitting Formula 1

May 31, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

Nico Rosberg AP

Mercedes chairman Dieter Zetsche has revealed that the bosses at the German marque discussed quitting Formula 1 before its success in 2014.

The Silver Arrows have dominated proceedings at the start of this season, winning all six races and claiming five one-two finishes. As a result, the team leads the constructors’ championship by 141 points, and could yet wrap up the title before the end of the European season.

However, it might never have happened if the decision was taken to pull out of the sport.

“You have to justify your spending and see that you get results, and for that reason we had to have discussions,” Zetsche said, with reference to the lacklustre showings from 2010 to 2012.

“That took place. There was not one person in the boardroom who was against racing, but we had to discuss all aspects and make the right decision in the interests of our company shareholders.

“That’s where we came to the conclusion we’re not a company for the short-term; what we do, we do for the long-run.”

As a result, Mercedes is now committed to Formula 1 until the end of 2020 as both a works team and an engine supplier. Currently, it powers Force India, McLaren and Williams, but is set to lose its contract with McLaren when the British team switches to Honda engines in 2015.

Although Mercedes’ dominance in Formula 1 may be disheartening for the fairweather fan, its presence in the sport alongside Ferrari and Renault is important, making the long-term outlook for both the team and F1 encouraging.

  1. techmeister1 - May 31, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    If not for Ross Brawn Mercedes would have never made it back to the top of F1 despite the hard work by all involved. It takes a very special breed to understand what is needed and respond to the moving target in F1. Brawn is an exceptional person as most will acknowledge. If he and Mercedes had not cheated in their 2013 F1 tire test they’d have an unblemished record worthy of great pride.

  2. indycar02 - May 31, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    its never good for the sport (even indycar) for any team to do as red bull did last year, ive heard (?) susie is married to one of the top people at MB, give susie the #2 car.

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