“Mercedes Ready to Sell the Team at the End of 2021”- Former F1 Team Principal Makes a Bold Prediction

Published 05/26/2020, 1:06 AM EDT


Former F1 team principal Gian Carlo Minardi believes Mercedes could sell its F1 team at the end of the 2021 season. Minardi is of the opinion that a possible rift between Daimler head Ola Kallenius and Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff could result in the Brackley outfit leaving the sport. This isn’t the first time such rumors have surfaced, as several former senior members of the paddock have also precited a potential exit.

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Minardi predicts Mercedes exit

Recently, several reports suggested a possible disagreement between Wolff and Kallenius. Allegedly, the pair don’t see eye to eye regarding the team’s future direction. With Wolff revealing that he would stay on with the team for the short term, it only adds fuel to the fire. Moreover, Mercedes as a car manufacturer is slowly shifting towards renewable energy.

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The German manufacturer doesn’t really have a lot left to achieve in F1. Mercedes is unbeaten since the inception of the turbo-hybrid era and has clinched every single Championship since 2014. Perhaps running a works F1 team isn’t as lucrative as it appears?

But Minardi isn’t alone in predicting a Mercedes exit in the near future. Fellow team boss Eddie Jordan and former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone also believe the Brackley outfit is on its way out from F1. Furthermore, many believe Mercedes will continue its presence in the sport but as an engine supplier.

 “From abroad, speak of a Mercedes ready to sell the team at the end of 2021″

“Remaining in F1 only as an engine supplier”

“Ola Kallenius, current Mercedes President, seems to have much stronger power than his predecessor on the team”

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“Although Toto Wolff was in favor of running, Kallenius ‘ refusal has arrived” 

Compared to Renault, Mercedes is a winning and highly organized team. Therefore it should not be difficult to find buyers. We are however faced with a chaotic situation. 

“To date, the Concord Agreement has not yet been signed”

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“and Liberty Media has not been able to find any new team” said Minardi via the team’s official website.

It’s not completely crazy to imagine the reigning World Champions revert to supplying engines like the old days.

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Abhishek Bharadwaj

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Abhishek Bharadwaj is an F1 author and content strategist at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in January 2020, he has over 700 articles to his name. While he was first introduced to the world of F1 in 2006, he started religiously following the sport in 2012 and has had an undying passion for it ever since.

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