If we’re to believe the spin McLaren and Mercedes will part ways under mutual agreement. The basics of this agreement were given in Daimler AG’s announcement of the BrawnGP buy-in. Now, McLaren are making happy family noises, as well.
A statement on the McLaren website begins, “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.”
McLaren will buy back the 40% share owned by Mercedes, with the purchase scheduled to be completed by 2011. Interestingly, for the time being, the Woking-based outfit will continue to race as the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team in their familiar silver and red livery.
Reading between the lines it seems as though McLaren welcome the independence from Mercedes in the lead up to the launch of their new road car, the MP4-12C. While Mercedes will, theoretically, enjoy greater control over their new F1 team.