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Lotus-Mercedes deal reportedly signed, awaiting announcement

Jul 5, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

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The deal for Mercedes to supply Lotus with engines from the 2015 season has already been signed according to reports in the British Grand Prix paddock.

It was reported earlier this week that the British team was refusing to comment on rumors that it would be making the move away from Renault power units, which have proved troublesome at the best of times this season. However, according to British publication Autosport and veteran journalist Adam Cooper, the deal has already been signed.

In fact, the deal was due to be announced in the paddock at Silverstone this weekend, but both parties opted to bide their time before going public.

This new deal will work out for Mercedes, who did look set to drop down to just two external clients upon McLaren’s move to Honda engines in 2015. However, this contract with Lotus will make up for it.

It will also remove the last Renault connection at Lotus. The team emerged out of the Renault works team which won both F1 world championships back in 2005 and 2006, and the relationship at Enstone dates back to Michael Schumacher’s days with Benetton.

The deal will undoubtedly be good news for the Lotus team, given that the Mercedes power unit has been by far the most dominant so far this season.

2015 F1 engine contracts

Mercedes – 4 (Mercedes, Lotus, Williams, Force India).
Ferrari – 3 (Ferrari, Sauber, Marussia)
Renault – 3 (Red Bull, Caterham, Toro Rosso)
Honda – 1 (McLaren)

  1. worknman24hours - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    I wonder if Renault will simply leave Formula One at the end of next season.

    There is no industry cache to spending many billions of dollars developing racing hybrid engines in an environment where you cannot drastically improve them throughout the season.

    Mercedes has the lock on this and I think that Renault may well have had enough of shooting money down a hole that never gets filled.

    The regs guarantee Mercedes will not have to spend much more on development to stay ahead of any other manufacturers.

    In that environment,they could well save that money and take a break from the series especially since the viewership continues to drop off.

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