Niki Lauda is claiming that Red Bull Racing have never formally requested that Mercedes supply them with engines for 2014.
This is despite Christian Horner telling SKY at the 2015 Singapore GP, “We officially requested for engines back at the British GP but they’ve made it quite clear that they will not supply Red Bull. It was our first option, but that was always going to be a bit of a long shot.”
Yet Lauda is adamant, claiming he spoke only “once with Dietrich Mateschitz”, on the matter. “I even went to see him and we talked,” revealed the Mercedes AMG F1 chairman.”
He adds, “In principal, I would be interest,” adding the matter fizzled out. “The came nothing. It was two or three months ago.”
Given Red Bull’s treatment of their engine supplier who has powered them to 8 Formula One world titles, it would be understandable another manufacturer of F1 power units may be wary of partnering ith them.
Christian Horner has suggested that Toto Wolff indicated to him there would be no way Mercedes AMG F1 would supply Red Bull, yet Lauda questions why Mateschitz has not revisited the issue in person. “He’s the boss, but he never gave any indication [of his interest].”
Horner was heard to mock Mercedes for avoiding proper competition from their customers, as rumours Mercedes would supply Manor F1 with power units in 2016.
Lauda confirmed to Motorsport-Total, “We now have four teams”. Yet the publication suggests, Tot Wolff says Mercedes are considering a collaboration next year with “a Renault works team”. This proposition is has apparently been approved in Stuttgart by the Mercedes board and has Dieter Zetsche’s blessing.