Wolff explains why view on Pink Bull provide has modified from 2016


Mercedes System 1 boss Toto Wolff says each an absence of capability and lowered advertising and marketing profit explains his opposition to supplying Pink Bull with energy items from 2022.

Pink Bull is looking out for a brand new energy unit provider after present accomplice Honda introduced it is going to be quitting F1 on the finish of the 2021 season.

Wolff dominated out the potential for Mercedes supplying Pink Bull with energy items over the Eifel Grand Prix weekend, leaving Ferrari and Renault as the one different present producers who might provide engines.

Pink Bull has stated its most popular possibility can be to take over the prevailing Honda energy unit mission from 2022, however this is able to be depending on an engine growth freeze.

Mercedes F1 chief Wolff was beforehand open to working with Pink Bull again in 2015 when the group was attempting to chop ties with Renault. Discussions made all of it the way in which to Mercedes’ board stage, the place the plan was in the end rejected.

Requested by Autosport what had modified in his view since 2016, Wolff defined {that a} deal now wouldn’t solely supply lowered advertising and marketing advantages, however would additionally additional stretch the capability of Mercedes’ Excessive Efficiency Powertrain division that’s already set to provide three different F1 groups from 2021.

“Again then, the concept was that Mercedes and Pink Bull might work collectively on advertising and marketing,” Wolff stated.

“We have been within the platform that Pink Bull supplied, as they’re an excellent cool model and really progressive on what they do.

“That is what I stated to Christian [Horner], and if we’re in a position to one way or the other hyperlink the 2 and discover an alliance, one thing on the Daimler board stage, would not less than enable a correct consideration.

“But it surely by no means got here to fruition.

“Immediately it’s merely a capability downside. These energy items are very sophisticated. We’re in a state of affairs that we won’t simply develop repeatedly, like all of us at Daimler.

“From a logistical perspective, from a price perspective, it’s not attainable for us to provide Pink Bull with an influence unit.

“And from a advertising and marketing perspective as we speak, energy unit suppliers have not benefitted enormously from working with groups.

“That is the rationale why we purchased the group, and why we did not keep an influence unit provider, and I believe we’re reaping the advantages of getting a group.

“It is not actually our precedence to provide engines.

“We construct them and we race them in our automobiles, and clearly to refinance the prices we provide them to clients.”



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