Mercedes in new Honda engine offer

Mercedes Benz has offered Honda its engines in 2009 following Ferrari s U-turn on the issue. Mercedes motorsport chairman Norbert Haug said that he would be able to supply powerplants to the Brackley-based squad, who are likely to be renamed if and when a buyer is found.

‘If there is a feasible solution with an investor for that team, we would be prepared to discuss it,” Haug told Autosport. “But the financial background needs to be there.

“You cannot give any presents at this time and in this (financial) climate, but we would like to help for the sake of Formula One. Ross Brawn and Nick Fry and their guys have done a good job so far, so if we could be in a position to help we certainly could try to do so.

The offer comes in the light of Ferrari s decision to withdraw the promise of its engines to Honda. Team principal Stefano Domenicali is reported to have said that “the chance of us supplying engines to Honda is close to zero,” despite Honda boss Ross Brawn s close links with his previous employer.

Mercedes Benz also supply power to McLaren, with whom they share a long term partnership, and Force India, who will co-operate with McLaren on a range of technical and engineering issues.