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(GMM) Mercedes is considering a partial withdrawal from formula one at the end of 2013, the French weekly Auto Hebdo is reporting.
The Stuttgart carmaker, still yet to agree a new Concorde Agreement deal with Bernie Ecclestone, reportedly could then field only a 'semi-official' team from 2014.

Mercedes would however continue to supply customer engines, as it does currently to McLaren and Force India, whilst its 'semi-official' works team might be known as 'AMG F1', Auto Hebdo said.

AMG is Mercedes' high-performance arm.

The magazine speculated that Brackley based AMG F1, currently known as Mercedes AMG, would continue to be run by team boss Ross Brawn, with Michael Schumacher in the cockpit.

But Mercedes would focus more strongly on engineering than team ownership and management, Auto Hebdo said.

It is likely F1's only engine suppliers in 2014 will be Mercedes, Renault and Ferrari, meaning they all could take on more customers for the new V6 rules.

Reasons cited for Mercedes' rumored change of direction are the Gerhard Gribkowsky corruption scandal involving F1's chief executive Ecclestone, and the latter's push for Mercedes to make a long-term pledge to the sport.

Another reason mentioned is Mercedes' lack of success with its full works team since 2010, despite Nico Rosberg's breakthrough win from pole in Shanghai this year.
 

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Makes sense. Certainly they have not achieved the desired results for the dough they have spent. The financial scandel certainly isn't winning any votes to continue their F1 program.
 

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It appears Mercedes AMG F1 operates on less than half the budget of Ferrari, MacLaren, and Red Bull,
Should the budget higher, say 100 million, half would come from F1 money distribution, and perhaps another 20-30 from sponsorship.
The monetary value in advertising $ of having Schumacher in a Mercedes AMG likely exceeds the budget amount made up by Mercedes.

Schumacher may be the best indicator to where the future of the team is headed.
If he signs a new contract, he'll expect good things worth a try.
His (probably final) retirement may mean he expects Mercedes to stay in the midfield.

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Not to forget the Ecclestone bribing Gribkowski mess....

Reports in Germany claim that Mercedes, whose engines also power the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, could pull out of the sport should he be found guilty of bribery as Daimler, their parent company, have a policy of not dealing with criminals.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/formulaone/article-2165669/Bernie-Ecclestone-faces-bribery-probe.html#ixzz23gobv3ux

Sounds like a lot of bull in view of Daimer Benz having paid recently a $185 Mio fine for bribery of foreign officials......
 
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