(Mercedes AMG PETRONS F1 Team)
Mercedes AMG F1 Team's Executive Director (Business) Toto Wolff has denied reports that rivals Renault will quit Formula One after Infiniti Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner (whose team are the primary partner to Renault) stated the supply of the new 1.6 litre turbo charged power units are too expensive.
Horner stated that if the current power unit format was kept then it could lead to Renault, Mercedes and Ferrari pulling out of the sport.
Wolff believes that Christian Horner's commented have been turned around a little and feels that Formula One needs long-term stability. Since 1999 Formula One has had three engine formats with the V10 engines switched to 2.4 litre V8 engines in 2006 before the 1.6 litre V6 turbo charged power units were introduced ahead of the 2014 Formula One season.
Wolff stated that all of the current manufacturers Ferrari, Renault, Mercedes and Honda all entered in the sport on the basis of a stable set of regulations.
Wolff feels that it is important that the sport is not destabilized with constant changes to the engine regulations. Honda have returned to Formula One on the basis that the current power unit format is set for the long term.
© Ben Johnston 2014