Mercedes wait for Red Bull and Renault engine news

Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:25pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SUZUKA, Japan (Reuters) - Mercedes are interested in supplying engines to Formula One tail-enders Manor Marussia next season once Renault and Red Bull have sorted themselves out.

"We like Manor a lot," Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff told reporters ahead of Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.

"Because there is a competitive edge to the whole story, that if Manor gets the right chassis and the right engine, it would be a pretty interesting narrative how the team develops.

"But for us at the moment we are a little bit on standby because we need to understand what happens with Lotus as one of our customers, and move from there. So this is where we are."

Manor have Ferrari engines but Red Bull and sister team Toro Rosso have been talking to the Italian manufacturer about a supply after their partnership with Renault reached breaking point.

Renault are meanwhile in talks with Lotus, who currently have Mercedes engines, about taking over that financially struggling outfit.

If all the deals come off, Lotus would relinquish their Mercedes supply while Ferrari -- who supply Sauber and their own team and also have Haas F1 coming in next year -- would be expected to shed one customer.

Asked whether Mercedes might give Lotus a deadline, Wolff said there would clearly come a point when Manor and the manufacturer needed to know what was happening.   Continued...