Mercedes' Dieter Zetsche has confirmed that the German carmaker considered walking away from Formula One before the start of this season.
Mercedes have been the powerhouse this season, dominating the Championship in emphatic style.
Not only has the Brackley-based squad claimed all six grands prix wins but five of those were 1-2 finishes.
However, this season almost didn't happen for the team.
"There has to be an intelligent business decision and of course the motivation is marketing," Zetsche told Sky Sports F1.
"We want to present our brand and we do believe there is no better place to present the brand than in our core marketing in our core business, which is engines, cars...
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