Mercedes-Benz has now emerged as the most likely engine supplier should a buyer for the Brackley based formula one team currently known as Honda be found.

Mercedes-Benz has now emerged as the most likely engine supplier should a buyer for the Brackley based formula one team currently known as Honda be found.

Although team boss Ross Brawn's links with Ferrari were expected to result in a supply of customer engines for the beleaguered outfit, Stefano Domenicali revealed this week that the chance of a deal with Honda is actually "close to zero".

Subsequently, on Tuesday, Mercedes' competition chief Norbert Haug told the website of the British magazine Autosport that supplying Honda in 2009 is a possibility.

"If there is a feasible solution with an investor for that team, we would be prepared to discuss it," the German said.

Mercedes-Benz, shareholder and works supplier of engines to McLaren, recently reached a wide-ranging technical collaboration with the formerly Ferrari-powered Force India.

Haug said Mercedes is also willing to help the Brackley based team "for the sake of formula one".

 

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