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Mercedes Rejects Red Bull Offer, Won't Supply Engines In 2016

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FortsetzenRight after it was announced that Red Bull would part ways with Renault after this season, it seems like Mercedes aren't too keen on helping their rivals get back on top. The Mercedes board is said to have decided not to supply Red Bull with engines
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Mercedes Rejects Red Bull Offer, Won't Supply Engines In 2016

Right after it was announced that Red Bull would part ways with Renault after this season, it seems like Mercedes aren't too keen on helping their rivals get back on top.

The Mercedes board is said to have decided not to supply Red Bull with engines in the future, after going through the proposal this past weekend during the Italian Grand Prix.

From a legacy stand point, their decision is quite logical. They've waited six decades to get back on top of Formula 1, so why would they help an equally competent team rise to their levels by supplying them with engines?

Even Lewis Hamilton said that "If we're serious about winning the world championship, probably not," when asked if he thinks Mercedes should help Red Bull out.

"Red Bull is a great team, but it's like giving Ferrari our engines. We don't really need it. We are good where we are."

Until recently, the matter was still up in the air as Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff said that the issue needed "to be carefully judged and balanced as to whether we would want to do that. But from a global perspective, Red Bull is a really phenomenal brand that attracts younger audiences and consumers."

Without Mercedes engines and without Renault engines, Red Bull would be forced to turn to Ferrari, though as of last week it appears that no approach has been made to the Scuderia.

But would that be so terrible? A Ferrari-powered Red Bull would still be a lot quicker than their current car is in 2015. Teaming up with the Italians might turn out to be profitable for everybody involved.

Though from a fan's perspective, we'd much rather have everybody race on similar engines, so that the results would stop being so predictable every single race.

Story references: Autosport

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