Dr Vijay Mallya is not concerned that a withdrawal from formula one of Mercedes-Benz could leave his Force India team without an engine supplier.

Dr Vijay Mallya is not concerned that a withdrawal from formula one of Mercedes-Benz could leave his Force India team without an engine supplier.

The Silverstone based team switched at the end of last year from Ferrari to Mercedes customer power.

"We have a five-year contract with Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines and I don't see any reason why that should not be fulfilled," Indian billionaire Mallya told the German website motorsport-magazin.com.

He insisted there is a clear separation between Mercedes as a works partner of McLaren, and the German marque's role as a formula one engine supplier.

The possible implication is that, even if Mercedes should pull out, it could keep supplying customer engines.

"I have no knowledge of the internal situation, but I have no doubts that Mercedes will fulfil the contract," said Mallya.

 

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