A Mercedes spokesman has played down rumours the former Brawn team might poach key sponsors from McLaren.

A Mercedes spokesman has played down rumours the former Brawn team might poach key sponsors from McLaren.

After a 15-year works collaboration, McLaren and Mercedes will be rivals from 2010, with Daimler and Aabar recently buying Brawn and renaming it 'Mercedes GP'.

It was rumoured in recent weeks that Mercedes might take the oil sponsor Mobil 1 from McLaren, and possibly also the German fashion brand Hugo Boss.

But the Mercedes spokesman is quoted as saying by the Cologne newspaper Express: "We cannot take any sponsors from McLaren."

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