Find myself in agreement with Mercedes-Benz, but less so with Ferrari regarding future possible developments in F1.

Mercedes are being understandably cagey about the possibility of their taking an equity stake in the current championship leaders, Brawn GP, but if they do it would make perfect sense for them.

It would be great for the sport, of course, possibly blazing a trail which might see four Merc-powered teams – McLaren, Brawn, Force India and Red Bull – on the grid next season, which, should it happen, would represent a significant vote of confidence for the world championship at a time when Honda and BMW turned their back on the sport.

Daimler AG, the Mercedes parent company, owns a 40 per cent share in the McLaren group with 30 per cent controlled by the Bahraini Mumtalakat holding company and 15 per cent each by TAG’s Mansour Ojjeh and the Formula One team’s former team principal Ron Dennis.

“Mercedes-Benz’s engine supply contract (with us) is a very long standing one,” said a McLaren spokesperson yesterday. “In its 15th year, in fact, and it will continue to run for many years to come.”