FIA and Mercedes yet to agree new Concorde Agreement
19 July, 2012
The F1 chief executive said earlier this month that there is now “total agreement” with regards to the way forward in light of the sport’s expiring commercial deal with the competing teams and the governing FIA.
“We are just talking to the lawyers…’why have you used this word, that word’. Typical lawyers but everything’s fine,” said Ecclestone.
“Commercially it’s done,” he told the Daily Mail on July 6.
But Auto Motor und Sport reported this week that the Jean Todt-led federation has in fact not yet agreed to the deal.
And it seems Ecclestone’s dispute with Mercedes-Benz – the supplier of engines to three formula one teams including McLaren, and also owner of its own works team – might also be ongoing.
That is the claim of Die Welt newspaper, reporting on Thursday that the risk remains that Formula One may be “without Mercedes” next year.
When asked, the German marque’s Norbert Haug said only that Mercedes is in “constructive talks”.
Die Welt went further, claiming that Niki Lauda, the legendary triple world champion and always-present F1 insider, has been engaged by Mercedes to advise and negotiate with Ecclestone.
The newspaper said that Mercedes “is reluctant” to commit to F1 for the full term of Ecclestone’s new 2013-2020 Concorde.
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