Motorsport: Motor racing-Wolff says Mercedes wants to cut one F1 customer team

MONACO (Reuters) – Mercedes Formula One boss Toto Wolff stated he wants to cut from three to two the variety of non-factory groups that race with its engines.

Wolff instructed the Financial Times in an interview revealed on the weekend that new spending guidelines meant Mercedes was now not making “substantial quantities” from offering engines to others.

The Austrian stated the enterprise of leasing engines was not “compelling and fascinating” as a result of the governing FIA had restricted how a lot prospects might be charged so as to assist smaller groups.

The German producer provides McLaren, Aston Martin and Williams in addition to the title-winning works outfit of seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

The engines are designed and made in Brixworth, central England.

Formula One groups are topic to a $140-million value cap this season, which the larger ones need expanded due to rising freight prices and inflation.

“In a perfect world, I’d perhaps see us (Mercedes) plus two (customer groups), so truly downsize a bit,” stated Wolff.

Mercedes present engines to extra groups than some other producer, with Ferrari supplying Alfa Romeo and Haas in addition to their very own manufacturing facility outfit.

Red Bull use Honda know-how to energy their vehicles, as do sister team AlphaTauri, whereas Renault provide solely their Alpine team.

Red Bull is anticipated to be a part of forces with Volkswagen-owned Porsche from 2026, when new engine guidelines come into pressure, whereas sister model Audi is in search of a accomplice and have been linked to all three Mercedes customer groups.

Williams have Red Bull-backed driver Alex Albon of their automobile and team principal Jost Capito was beforehand Volkswagen’s director of motorsport.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, enhancing by Clare Fallon)

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