Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda on Sunday dismissed speculation that the German outfit is prepared to supply engines to a team formed by a merger of Red Bull and British car maker Aston Martin.

Reports of a tie-up and a Mercedes engine supply were rejected by Lauda in the build-up to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone where Mercedes drivers defending champion Briton Lewis Hamilton and German Nico Rosberg start from the front row of the grid.

“There’s not even a discussion,” said Lauda.

“No discussion at all. I haven’t heard anything from them and we’ve never talked about it.

“I have breakfast every morning with (Red Bull boss) Helmut Marko so I should know We never thought about it because we have four teams running our engines already — so we don’t even have capacity,” added the 66-year-old Austrian former driving legend. – Agence France-Presse

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