Norbert Haug has let slip that F1's governing body is yet to formally rubber-stamp Brawn GP's customer engine deal with Mercedes-Benz.

Norbert Haug has let slip that F1's governing body is yet to formally rubber-stamp Brawn GP's customer engine deal with Mercedes-Benz.

Vijay Mallya, head of the newly Mercedes-powered Force India team, revealed last week he could have objected to the Brawn arrangement because of FIA rules limiting each manufacturer to working with just two teams.

"The FIA, I believe, have given special dispensation to Mercedes to supply an engine only to the former Honda team for one year," the Indian billionaire had said.

Haug, in charge of Mercedes' motor racing programmes, confirmed the news but clarified that the dispensation is yet to be put in place officially.

The matter will presumably be on the agenda for the World Motor Sport Council meeting on March 17, which takes place less than ten days before official scrutineering in the Albert Park pits.

"Hopefully the (Brawn) team will get the approval of the FIA," Haug is quoted as saying by Auto Motor und Sport.

 

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