As most expected, earlier today Mercedes bought into Brawn GP, a 75% share is the believed holding. McLaren have dismissed rumours of a McLaren engine, at least in the next few years, by releasing this statement:
McLaren and Mercedes-Benz are delighted to announce a realigned long-term strategic alliance.
The agreement covers the next six Formula 1 seasons (2010-15) and also provides mechanisms whereby the partnership may continue beyond 2015.
Read the full release over at the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes website.
McLaren have bought back the 40% share that Mercedes owned.
The question of Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen and who, or if, they will drive for next year has not been answered. What is only speculation so far, seems to be leaning more and more in the direction of Jenson Button driving for McLaren in 2010 with the all German team of Nico Rosberg and Nick Heidfeld at Brawn GP.
On the their official F1 Twitter feed McLaren have just tweeted the following:
Ron Dennis made an inspiring speech to the whole company today, discussing the long-term strategy for the entire McLaren Group.
I’ll be looking forward to a return to the red and white livery if that does indeed happen.
Forever in the news, McLaren, Mercedes and Brawn GP are at least making this off season an exciting one so far. The next few weeks, and possibly months, of driver roulette will ensure the 2010 season will be here in no time.