Mercedes-Benz powers six of the 20 cars on the F1 grid this year, but only two of them carry the branding of the Stuttgart marque.

Mercedes-Benz powers six of the 20 cars on the F1 grid this year, but only two of them carry the branding of the Stuttgart marque.

When asked if the customer Brawn and Force India cars might at some point bear the famous German name, or the three-pointed star, racing chief Norbert Haug answered in the negative.

"That could be the wrong signal and look opportunistic," the German said.

Championship leaders Brawn GP were only able to receive Mercedes engines this year with special FIA dispensation, due to the rule about manufacturers supplying a single customer team.

While customer Brawn excels, Mercedes' works partner McLaren is just fourth in the championship as it struggles with the MP4-24.

Haug revealed: "McLaren's people have said to us, 'give us a chance. We want to pull ourselves up in the next five or six races in the same way that we earned the number 1'."

 

 

 

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