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GP Week : Issue 146
Mercedes AMG are strongly rumoured to be considering legal action against F1’s commercial rights holder, after F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone announced on Saturday that he had reached agreement with a ‘majority’ of F1 teams about a new Concorde agreement. Ecclestone confirmed in a statement on F1’s official website that he had reached agreement with Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull among others. Mercedes refused to comment on rumours of potential legal action when questioned in the Sepang paddock, but the Press Association and Autosport both reported that Mercedes were considering legal action in the European courts, claiming breach of competition rules and abuse of power. “I am very pleased to announce that we have reached commercial agreements with the majority of the current Formula One teams,” Ecclestone said, “including Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull Racing, about the terms on which they will continue competing in Formula One after the current Concorde Agreement expires at the end of this year.” Alongside Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull, GP Week understands that Lotus and Sauber have also agreed terms. Teams insist that negotiations remain ongoing however, possibly explaining the reluctance of others to comment on any potential agreement. Paddock rumour suggests Force India and Toro Rosso have also agreed terms, leaving Mercedes, Williams, Caterham, HRT and Marussia as those yet to agree. Despite being one of those teams named as having come to an agreement, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh insisted his team had not signed any document and that discussions were ongoing. “In fairness Bernie hasn’t said that the majority have signed. I think he said something along the lines that he’s reached an agreement with the majority of the teams,” said Whitmarsh. “I don’t know what anyone has signed. McLaren hasn’t signed any document at the moment, but we are in talks with Bernie.” MERCEDES CONSIDERING A LEGAL CHALLENGE? EDITOR: Adam Hay-Nicholls email@example.com ASSISTANT EDITORS: Naoise Holohan, Kate Walker F1 ANALYST: Peter Windsor MOTOGP EDITOR: Michael Scott firstname.lastname@example.org RALLY EDITOR: Martin Holmes email@example.com PRODUCTION ARTIST: Cedric Dufour PHOTOGRAPHY: Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Dirk Klynsmith, Emily Davenport PUBLISHER: Chris Lambden email@example.com PUBLISHED BY: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Richard Partridge firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 n Mark Sutton email@example.com n Gaye Grinsted (WRC/MotoGP) firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: +44 (0) 207 254 8796 Mob: +44 (0) 7921 283 070 n Adam Hay-Nicholls email@example.com n SE Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) firstname.lastname@example.org .com WEEK ‘Majority’ of teams agree terms for new Concorde 4 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> NEWS