Date registered: Oct 2005
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Brawn to be renamed Mercedes?
Virgin had a sweet deal last year. Honda was subsidizing the team, so Virgin got primary sponsor positioning for $400,000 per race. Those are Indycar size numbers, not Formula 1. (An Indycar team could race all season, maybe two, for what one race costs in F1.)
But that ship has sailed, and now with the Honda subsidy gone we're all back to reality.
And Virgin is off to Manor to form their own F1 team. So what is Brawn to do? Here's the story from GMM:
Brawn could be renamed Mercedes (GMM) It is possible that new world champions Brawn GP will be renamed to feature the word 'Mercedes' ahead of the 2010 season.
Germany's authoritative Auto Motor und Sport insists the Brackley based outfit's rumored buy-in by the German marque is definitely taking place, which will result in the cars bearing a silver livery.
But whether the name can be changed to officially include Mercedes depends on the agreement of McLaren, the Stuttgart-based luxury car maker's exclusive F1 partner.
McLaren has already vetoed Red Bull's desired use of Mercedes engines for 2010, but prior to the 2009 season Martin Whitmarsh approved a two-year supply deal for Brawn.
Auto Motor und Sport claims that "error" could cost Whitmarsh his job as team boss, with Ron Dennis linked with a return to the pitwall after appearing at the Abu Dhabi finale earlier this month.
Brawn and Mercedes are hoping to announce the details of their intensified collaboration within the coming days, the magazine said.
"We are looking at all opportunities for the future but it is too early to announce anything yet," Ross Brawn told PA Sport.