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Force India Looking At McLaren/Mercedes Partnership

Force India F1 Team are in discussions with McLaren and Mercedes for a partnership from 2009 onwards F1Fanatics has learned.

The team based at Silverstone are looking at having Mercedes Benz engines for next season, and an agreement with Mclaren for some technical data sharing for their cars and parts.

It is suprising to hear they are changing engines, as they have a contract with Ferrari for customer units for 2009.

It is believed that part of the deal may be to give Paul di Resta an F1 seat for next season, grooming him into a McLaren ready driver.

“McLaren and Mercedes-Benz are convinced that the independent teams are of vital importance for F1 – in fact they are the bedrock on which Grand Prix racing has been built,” said a McLaren spokesman.

“Therefore, should we be in a position to cooperate with an independent team and should such a cooperation make economic sense, we would be prepared to do so. Nothing has been decided yet, but we are engaged in various discussions and will inform the media of their outcome as soon as we are able to do so.

“We are also in discussions with, and seeking the guidance of, FIA president Max Mosley in connection with the matter.”

McLaren and Force India

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