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Mercedes wanted more competitive customer teams

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the marque’s desire to have more competitive customer teams was an influencing factor in its decision to rekindle its McLaren partnership. It was announced last Saturday that McLaren will return to using Mercedes power from 2021-24, on a customer basis, seven years after it ended its collaboration the first time around. McLaren endured a fraught stint with Honda and a switch to Renault power for 2018 alerted the team to inadequacies within its organisation that were previously masked. McLaren has made gains in 2019 to lead the midfield pack, while elsewhere the power advantage Mercedes previously held in the hybrid era has been eradicated by Ferrari....
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