Norbert Haug has confirmed reports that Mercedes-Benz will not release engines to the team currently known as Honda until backing for the entire 2009 season is in place.

Norbert Haug has confirmed reports that Mercedes-Benz will not release engines to the team currently known as Honda until backing for the entire 2009 season is in place.

The German carmaker has offered to furnish the Brackley squad with customer V8s, but it emerged at the weekend that Honda may have so far secured financial support only for the first four races.

To the news agency DPA, and amid rumours of a 8m euro price-tag, Mercedes' competitor chief Haug confirmed that he is willing to help Honda but not give the team any presents.

"We are not delivering anything in advance," he is quoted as saying, "but only when the money in this agreement is assured."

 

 

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