Mercedes Grand Prix take over Brawn for 2010

Mercedes' illustration of its likely 2010 F1 car livery

Mercedes’ illustration of its likely 2010 F1 car livery

Mercedes has announced it is taking over Brawn GP and rebranding it Mercedes Grand Prix for 2010.

But it remains to be seen whether they will keep world champion Jenson Button in the team.

They are expected to bring in Nico Rosberg and may partner him with a second German driver – possibly Nick Heidfeld.

Button is tipped to move to McLaren – who he visited on Friday – to join Lewis Hamilton in an all-British line-up.

Mercedes will take a 75% share in Brawn. In May I wrote how appealing the idea of a Brawn deal was for Mercedes. Two months ago reports emerged that a deal was on the cards for 2011. That now seems to have been brought forward.

The deal, which sees Mercedes shifting their stake from McLaren to Brawn, should guarantee the future of the team which was sold by Honda almost 12 months ago.

McLaren and Mercedes worked closely together on and off the track after Mercedes became an engine supplier to the F1 team in 1995. The two developed the Mercedes SLR McLaren which was built at the McLaren Technology Centre.

But now Mercedes has used in-house tuners AMG to build its replacement – the SLS – and McLaren has developed a supercar of its own – the MP4-12C.

Expect the 2010 Mercedes F1 car to take on the silver colouring that’s been associated with McLaren since 1997 (see illustration above). It will be the first time Mercedes has run its own F1 team since 1955 when it had a British driver in its line-up – Stirling Moss.

McLaren could return to their historic orange colour scheme. Mercedes’ press release, reproduced in full below, says:

The change to the form of co-operation is taking place by mutual agreement. Mercedes-Benz and McLaren will continue to co-operate with each other and the supply of engines could continue until 2015.

Is this the sad loss of a giant-killing independent team, or a welcome vote of confidence from a major manufacturer? And how would Hamilton and Button fare as team mates? Have your say in the comments.

Mercedes take over Brawn

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318 comments on Mercedes Grand Prix take over Brawn for 2010

  1. rampante said on 16th November 2009, 19:18

    to all the error 500’s. Copy your comment before posting saves a hell of a lot of time.

  2. ashes1991 said on 16th November 2009, 19:27

    I am really disappointed to hear this, I hope that Button goes to McLaren now and the too germans end up at Mercedes GP.

    I am not a fan at all of the germans specially after Schumacher, I think after his cheating ways he spoiled F1. Its also quite ironic because I loved Brawn GP and what happened to them, and now this coming season I will hate the new team with a passion.

    Really disappointed for Ross Brawn

    • Maciek said on 17th November 2009, 1:02

      Do tell us, are there other multi-million strong groups of people you are not a fan of because one of them did something that displeased you?

      • ashes1991 said on 17th November 2009, 21:46

        Yh you are one of them! BUt u obviously dont have a multi-million strong group of people behind you and if you cant say that Schumacher ever did anything wrong at all look at wen he took hill out or perhaps when he took villeneurve out

  3. ashes1991 said on 16th November 2009, 19:33

    I think its also disgusting that there not interested in Button because they dont want to pay him £6m plus yet there willing to bring the biggest cheat F1 has ever seen back in Michael Schumacher and are willing to pay up £20m, probably because he is a German

    • mp4-19b said on 16th November 2009, 19:51

      I was hoping for mclaren to terminate their engine deal with merc with immediate effect & buy the defunct BMW powerplant, but….

      McLaren have taken a very bold decision to make engines on their own for their mp4-12c supercar. I think its the correct way forward.

      Merc are a bunch of noobies. Never knew some of their personnel include some of the dumbest brains on the planet. The ONLY reason Brawn did so well was cuz Honda invested everything they had to offer back in 07. The brawn probably is the most expensive car ever made in f1 history. It is said that honda were running 5 wind tunnels 24X7 for over 2 years. Are merc so naive to be thinking this brawn domination will continue forever??

      This is gross injustic!! They’ve been supplying mclaren, crappy engines for the past 15 years!! They’ve used mclaren as some sort of a Guinea pig for sorting out their engine reliability problems.

      • ashes1991 said on 16th November 2009, 20:53

        Ino I dont understand y they didnt terminate there engine deal, and am pretty sure that in the coming seasons, i.e. 2011, 2012…etc we will see a McLaren car which is powered by a McLaren engine, would be pretty sweet, especially knowing its british engineering

      • It’s better this way. The Mercedes engine has been very strong this year so should be next year and it gives Mclaren vital time to get their engines built and hopefully competitive

  4. mp4-19b said on 16th November 2009, 19:36

    Actually I wouldn’t call the McLaren-Mercedes a grand success at all. In 15 years of their partner ship all that they’ve managed is 60 victories out of around 250 odd races, so their success ratio is less than 25%. meanwhile with honda as their engine partners in the late-80’s & early nineties mclaren achieved 44 victories out of 80 races, winning 55% of the time. After all these years of partnership with mercedes all mclaren have to show is 3 WDC & 1 WCC. so this partnership isn’t a “grand” success at all.

  5. rmac923 said on 16th November 2009, 19:45

    Well this really screws up my 2010 grid predictions.
    So Now…

    1. Jenson Button
    2. Lewis Hamilton (c)

    Red Bull:
    3. Sebastian Vettel (c)
    4. Mark Webber (c)

    5. Felipe Massa (c)
    6. Fernando Alonso (c)

    7. Rubens Barrichello (c)
    8. Nico Hulkenberg (c)

    Renault: (If they stay)
    9. Robert Kubica
    10. Heikki Kovalainen

    Force India:
    11. Adrian Sutil
    12. Vitantonio Liuzzi

    Toro Rosso:
    14. Sebastien Buemi (c)
    15. Jaime Alguersuari

    Toyota US F1:
    16. Kamui Kobayashi
    17. Sebastian Bourdais

    Campos Meta:
    18. Bruno Senna (c)
    19. Vitaly Petrov

    Virgin Manor GP:
    20. Timo Glock
    21. Anthony Davidson

    Lotus F1
    22. Jarno Trulli
    23. Lucas Di Grassi

    24. Nico Rosberg
    25. Nick Heidfeld

    Sauber doesn’t get a spot, Kimi to WRC. I think?

  6. great so i have 2 brawn t shirts and theres no team next year!

  7. Paige Michael-Shetley said on 16th November 2009, 20:02

    I still think Button will remain with Mercedes. Surely, Mercedes as a company would like to have the #1 on their car in their first season. Furthermore, Button is already entrenched there, and I don’t really see them just screwing him over for Rosberg.

    I still see Raikkonen ending up at McLaren. He’s clearly the man they want, but for the right price. They’re in the driver’s seat, as well; he needs a top car, and there’s only one option for him, while McLaren have a number of driver options from which to choose. The fact he hasn’t been confirmed with the team yet is mainly due to the dynamics of the current market.

  8. BRavo Mercedes. That is the spirit when Constructors are running aways in one single move Mercedes has gained a lot of respect, support and popularity.

    Button at McLaren !!! Hmmm Hamilton will have him for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Well. He stands no chance to Lewis. Lewis in young, he is brilliant, he is a very strong driver and to top it all he has Ron’s blessing with Mclaren created around him as Ferrari was around shumey. I cant imagine anybody other than Lewis winning a WDC in Mclaren until he is there.

    Adding to that he outdid Fernando in his rookie year while Fernando was the WDC then. Seriously Button is just another driver with a huge amount of luck with a strong Brawn GP team with a weak team-mate. I dont want to undermine his world Championship but paring with Lewis… well that is a different story.

    I seriously feel Kimi stands a better chance to race against Lewis in his forte. If Jenson was wise he will take a lower salary and partner with Rosberg at Mercedes atleast that will not show him second to anybody. If he goes to Mclaren this will be first instance a world champion has signed up as a No 2 driver though he will carry the No 1 on his car!!!

  9. Now I understand Whitmarsh’s satisfaction to bide his time on driver choice. Now that Kimi is excluded from Brawn because he lacks the correct passport, and has no way in to Red Swill, he has to come crawling to Woking with his tin cup out (OK, it’s very large tin cup) if he wants another shot at a title. Whitmarsh will force him to endure weekly Vodaphone marketing events in sticky-floored Midlands shopping malls.

    It’s worth considering whether he could dislodge Webber, but if he’s weird about doing publicity, then that is not going to be his cup of tea. I still think its possible for Webber to get sent to McLaren—we know that Red Bull can be ruthless with its drivers. I may also look for Sutil at McLaren, in a Kovy-swap. Hamilton seems to adore him, i.e., does not fear him, and he would ruffle no feathers at McLaren.

    I must also say that it is strange and refreshing that Briatore apparently has no role in these discussions. His normal procedure of churning his various indentured drivers annually among teams to up his personal cut of contracts has been put to an end.

    • Harv's said on 16th November 2009, 22:21

      Mclaren is a serious team, they wont hire sutil he has scored less points than he has fingers and toes. They wont hire him because he is Hamiltons friend! Its a serious business they want constructors, when sutil starts scoring regular podiums and a good amount of points then mclaren will start looking at him, and that will be just looking, not even considering

  10. I hope Kobayashi gets a contract somewhere. He put up a refreshing show during the last races of the season!

  11. rmac923 wrote

    Toyota US F1:
    16. Kamui Kobayashi
    17. Sebastian Bourdais

    From your keyboard to the racing god’s ear! I also appreciate your Toyota reference, if you care to expand on the comment?

  12. Harv's said on 16th November 2009, 22:13

    has anyone realised it is similar to the bmw williams depature of a few years back?

    What if Mclaren choose kimi? and Mercedes choose Heidfeld and Rosberg? Where will Button go?

    Maybe he has been a bit foolish in not sucuring a drive? (if that happens)

    • Chalky said on 16th November 2009, 22:29

      Thanks for that Tommy. Can’t quite believe it yet.

      Button must think he can beat Hamilton to make the move. Maybe he’s right.
      Next year is goodbye to refuelling and maybe Button will preserve his tyres better than Hamilton?
      Either way, it’ll be good to watch.

    • Robbie said on 16th November 2009, 23:54

      I was going to post this. It’s unbelievable. The official F1 site hasn’t said anything about it though and neither has the BBC.

    • Alan Henry would be the first to know… I think it’s legit. Stupid of Button, but legit.

  13. Mclaren just want Button so they can have a #1 on their car. Oh, & to support Lewis…

  14. Scribe said on 16th November 2009, 23:13

    the guardian report that Buttons already gone to Mclaren. well fuh, thats sad. Whatever this article is v.poorly written by guardian standards so im not sure if its true or not.

    See the Button thread on the forum for a more in depth discussion

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