Apr.14 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Sir Jackie Stewart says that if he was running Mercedes, he would pull the German carmaker out of F1.

Mercedes has utterly dominated in the ‘power unit’ era that began in 2014, so the triple world champion and F1 legend thinks it is time for a strategy change.

“I believe Mercedes will win both titles again this year,” Stewart told Brazil’s Globo Esporte.

“But if I was a member of the decision-making group, I would propose that Mercedes leaves F1, as they once did in a similar situation,” the Scot explained.

“I would stay as an engine supplier and make it available to those who want it, as Ford did with Cosworth. Everyone will want it and so the Mercedes name will continue to win.

“The Ford Cosworth was champion with us,” added Stewart, referring to his title-winning days with Matra and Tyrrell, “but today everyone remembers Ford Cosworth as they also won with McLaren, Williams, Lotus.”

Stewart, 76, argues that his proposal would be a good idea, as eventually the works Mercedes will be beaten by a rival like Ferrari.

“And I don’t think the (Daimler) board will like to see that. Mercedes is a global brand with a high reputation in the motoring world,” he said.

Imagining a conversation at a Mercedes board meeting, Stewart continued: “Gentlemen, how much does F1 cost us? Ok, money is not a problem because we have major sponsors, but don’t forget the risk that we will be beaten by Ferrari, Red Bull or someone else.

“Maybe I’m the only one who thinks this way, but that’s exactly what I would do,” he said.

“It would be good not only for Mercedes but also F1,” Stewart told the respected Brazilian correspondent Livio Oricchio.


Apr.14 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Sir Jackie Stewart says that if he was running Mercedes, he would pull the German carmaker out of F1.

Mercedes has utterly dominated in the ‘power unit’ era that began in 2014, so the triple world champion and F1 legend thinks it is time for a strategy change.

“I believe Mercedes will win both titles again this year,” Stewart told Brazil’s Globo Esporte.

“But if I was a member of the decision-making group, I would propose that Mercedes leaves F1, as they once did in a similar situation,” the Scot explained.

“I would stay as an engine supplier and make it available to those who want it, as Ford did with Cosworth. Everyone will want it and so the Mercedes name will continue to win.

“The Ford Cosworth was champion with us,” added Stewart, referring to his title-winning days with Matra and Tyrrell, “but today everyone remembers Ford Cosworth as they also won with McLaren, Williams, Lotus.”

Stewart, 76, argues that his proposal would be a good idea, as eventually the works Mercedes will be beaten by a rival like Ferrari.

“And I don’t think the (Daimler) board will like to see that. Mercedes is a global brand with a high reputation in the motoring world,” he said.

Imagining a conversation at a Mercedes board meeting, Stewart continued: “Gentlemen, how much does F1 cost us? Ok, money is not a problem because we have major sponsors, but don’t forget the risk that we will be beaten by Ferrari, Red Bull or someone else.

“Maybe I’m the only one who thinks this way, but that’s exactly what I would do,” he said.

“It would be good not only for Mercedes but also F1,” Stewart told the respected Brazilian correspondent Livio Oricchio.

  • http://batman-news.com steve g

    Is this guy serious? If everyone adopted the attitude of not competing in case they got beat then sport wouldn’t exist.

    • Coatsey

      He is not saying don’t compete. He says quite clearly compete by supplying engines to multiple teams and get a broader recognition for their efforts. Sir Jackie then clearly gives us all an example of history to support his suggestions. Steve you do not give any example to support why you think a 3 times world champion and successful business with more experience in this field than most is not being serious… The areodynamics are ok but it is the engine that rules.

      • http://batman-news.com steve g

        Just supplying engines would not give them broader recognition. Who tipped their hat to Renault when Red Bull were conquering all before them? Basically noone – it was all about Red Bull. Everyone is talking about Mercedes because they’re winning F1 races not because they’ve developed the ‘perfect engine’. And of course JS is serious – that’s why my jaw hit the floor.

        • Coatsey

          Hi Steve

          I think the difference is that we all know Red Bull was about Aero and Andrian and not because of the power of the Renault engine.

          Sir Jackie is saying this will happen again at some point but the Mercedes engine is so far ahead they can liven up F1 and take more kudos for their engines for longer.

          I think he is right when he talks about Ford Cosworth, this from a marketing and historical perspective has a longer and wider appeal.

          Fortunately it’s not our decision but if we were on the board we’d have some fun debating this one.

          I think that Red Bull and others will get their aero even better and break the dominance at some point even if they don’t get the same power.

          I don’t know if you saw but Toto is not in favour of more aero, I think for valid reasons, overtaking harder, but also others have better skills in this department.

        • Coatsey

          Hi Steve

          I think the difference is that we all know Red Bull was about Aero and Andrian and not because of the power of the Renault engine.

          Sir Jackie is saying this will happen again at some point but the Mercedes engine is so far ahead they can liven up F1 and take more kudos for their engines for longer.

          I think he is right when he talks about Ford Cosworth, this from a marketing and historical perspective has a longer and wider appeal.

          Fortunately it’s not our decision but if we were on the board we’d have some fun debating this one.

          I think that Red Bull and others will get their aero even better and break the dominance at some point even if they don’t get the same power.

          I don’t know if you saw but Toto is not in favour of more aero, I think for valid reasons, overtaking harder, but also others have better skills in this department.

    • Sadiq Yakasai

      Absolute nonsense from Jackie Stewart again! Even if they dont come 1st but come second whilst turning in profits (through brand exposure) why would the board complain?

      This is just Jackie at his best (or lack of) – get Merc. to withdraw from F1 and give Renault a chance (whom he is an ambassador for) so he can earn some bonuses eh?

  • Alan Quigley

    What a load of rubbish. Did anyone suggest Red Bull pull out when they were the dominant force?

  • Bob Harris

    Good job he isn’t then! Retire quietly Jackie and take (whichever way the wind blows) Bernie with you. The future of this sport is the drivers and teams providing a spectacle. There were some pretty boring races in Stewart’s time as well, so nothing much really changes. We need more tactics being used drivers and teams together and refuelling the best tactic of all!

  • Kevin Poile

    What utter tosh. By his reasoning Ferrari should have pulled out years ago, since they are being soundly beaten by Mercedes and before that by a “small” team called Red Bull.

    F1’s getting bad enough and could actually do with more of the top car manufacturers entering it not less.

  • Kevin Poile

    What utter tosh. By his reasoning Ferrari should have pulled out years ago, since they are being soundly beaten by Mercedes and before that by a “small” team called Red Bull.

    F1’s getting bad enough and could actually do with more of the top car manufacturers entering it not less.

  • Raimund Berger

    people are just bored with f1, now eveyone is just talking nonsense, it’s not talking about f1 anymore, it’s tyres, engines, this that, why not just stop f1 entirely?

  • Mark Flowers

    If a team is dominating, why would they want to pull out? There were similar times of dominance in recent years with Red Bull and Ferrari. Nobody suggested that they should quit. Mercedes does already supply to Williams and Force India. It’s up to the other teams and engine manufacturers to find a way of beating the works Mercedes team.

  • Eb O

    Why all these hate? Where was jackie stewart when redbull and ferrari were dominant in f1? The likes of jackie stewart should sometimes show positivity instead of these rubbish they come up with. LH will surpass your record just live with it

  • Dan Hickman

    Stewart was an amazing driver, bur he has done nothing but take pot shots at everyone successful since he left the sport. He did it with Senna, Hamilton, Schumacher. Anyone who might be better than him. He should just be quiet and let himself and his legacy grow old with dignity!

  • Dan Hickman

    Stewart was an amazing driver, bur he has done nothing but take pot shots at everyone successful since he left the sport. He did it with Senna, Hamilton, Schumacher. Anyone who might be better than him. He should just be quiet and let himself and his legacy grow old with dignity!

  • da

    this was not the case wit ford back then

    • sal

      what do you know about F1.

  • jack woodruff

    Jackie Stewart is right. Formula one should revert to a sport such as it was when an endeavor of professional teams, not national industrial giants such as Mercedes. Ferrari belongs because they have always been the bogey, and have contributed so much of the history of F1.

  • jack woodruff

    Jackie Stewart is right. Formula one should revert to a sport such as it was when an endeavor of professional teams, not national industrial giants such as Mercedes. Ferrari belongs because they have always been the bogey, and have contributed so much of the history of F1.

  • jack woodruff

    Jackie Stewart is right. Formula one should revert to a sport such as it was when an endeavor of professional teams, not national industrial giants such as Mercedes. Ferrari belongs because they have always been the bogey, and have contributed so much of the history of F1.

  • jack woodruff

    Jackie Stewart is right. Formula one should revert to a sport such as it was when an endeavor of professional teams, not national industrial giants such as Mercedes. Ferrari belongs because they have always been the bogey, and have contributed so much of the history of F1.

  • jack woodruff

    Jackie Stewart is right. Formula one should revert to a sport such as it was when an endeavor of professional teams, not national industrial giants such as Mercedes. Ferrari belongs because they have always been the bogey, and have contributed so much of the history of F1.

  • jack woodruff

    Jackie Stewart is right. Formula one should revert to a sport such as it was when an endeavor of professional teams, not national industrial giants such as Mercedes. Ferrari belongs because they have always been the bogey, and have contributed so much of the history of F1.

  • jack woodruff

    Jackie Stewart is right. Formula one should revert to a sport such as it was when an endeavor of professional teams, not national industrial giants such as Mercedes. Ferrari belongs because they have always been the bogey, and have contributed so much of the history of F1.