Mercedes could offer half-price engines

Mercedes is ready to offer an engine supply to other teams at around half the cost from next year, despite the manufacturer originally being resistant to the idea. With the current rules, engine life expectancy is to be extended in the next few ...

Mercedes is ready to offer an engine supply to other teams at around half the cost from next year, despite the manufacturer originally being resistant to the idea. With the current rules, engine life expectancy is to be extended in the next few years in an effort to save money and it seems Mercedes is now looking for interested parties for 2004.

"Currently, an engine lease is something like $20m to $25m a year," said Norbert Haug, Mercedes director of motorsport, according to Autosport. "We will offer engines in the future, starting next year, for $10m. It's easier for a team to pay $10m than to pay $25m and we are happy to talk to those teams that are interested for next year."

It's possible other engine manufacturers could follow suit: "This is a very constructive process from our side. We made the suggestion and we also spoke to other manufacturers," Haug added.

Ferrari and Ford/Cosworth are the only two suppliers that currently run more than one team. Ferrari supplies Sauber and Ford to Jordan, subsidiary company Cosworth supplying Jaguar and Minardi.

From next year only one engine change will be allowed per race weekend; in 2005 once every two races and 2006, once every six. This will cause manufacturing costs to drop and supply prices to come down.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Norbert Haug
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes , Sauber , Minardi , Jordan