Mercedes could be set to take a 75 per cent in the Brawn GP Formula One team from 2011, according to reports from Switzerland.
F1 journalist Roger Benoit claimed that Mercedes would let its contract with McLaren lapse at the end of 2011, before taking a majority stake in Brawn.
He also said the deal was backed by an Arab consortium, which is believed to be Abu Dhabi-based.
Mercedes is close to taking a stake in the Brawn team and the Brackley-built cars could run in a silver livery from next season.
As part of the deal, German Nico Rosberg is expected to switch to Brawn from Williams and partner Jenson Button. Rubens Barrichello would leave the team, according to the reports.