Bernie: Mercedes won't leave
Bernie Ecclestone doubts Mercedes will quit F1 in the wake of their contractual dispute with the sport's commercial rights holders.
There has been speculation that the German manufacturer could walk away after they were not offered the same Concorde Agreement terms by CVC Capital Partners as the likes of Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull.
Although the team's bosses have played down the reports, the rumours are refusing go go away.
Ecclestone, though, is also confident that Mercedes won't leave the sport.
"I very much doubt that Mercedes will leave," he is quoted as saying by ESPNF1.
"They are upset at the moment because they feel they are not being treated in the same way as Ferrari.
"Our comment is a simple one, we are treating Mercedes in exactly the same way and that is what the problem is. All of these teams' commercial set ups are based on the length they have been in Formula One and the results whilst they were there. Unfortunately Mercedes have only been there a couple of years."
Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull will reportedly also get seats on the new board after the floatation on the Singapore Stock Exchange.
Chairman Luca di Montezemolo is set to represent Ferrari and Red Bull are expected to appoint Dietrich Mateschitz as their director.
However, it remains to be seen who will McLaren will appoint as the names of executive chairman Ron Dennis and the Crown Prince of Bahrain have been mentioned.
"I don't think they have decided who is going to take that seat," Ecclestone said.
"It has been assumed that as the people in Bahrain are the major shareholders that they probably will but I don't know. I don't care to be honest. There's nothing we can do. We haven't said it has got to be this or it has got to be that. We have assumed perhaps it would be Bahrain because they own 50% of McLaren. I thought it would probably be Mr Dennis. Whether or not the board have decided this I don't know."