McLaren team principal and chairman Ron Dennis could be shaping up to buy into David Richards’ new Prodrive F1 team, according to reports in the German press.
The Cologne based Express newspaper claims that it has uncovered the destination of the approximately $160m that Dennis received for selling half of his McLaren shares to Bahrain.
Prodrive and McLaren have been linked for some time, with Richards said to be eying a complete customer chassis and Mercedes-Benz engine package to race with in 2008.
The report said Dennis might buy Prodrive and set it up for Mercedes-Benz as McLaren’s ‘b’ team, even though Sir Frank Williams warned this week that – in his opinion – the regulations for 2008 do not yet allow for car sharing.
Richards told The Guardian: “There is absolutely no question about it, customer cars are permitted in 2008.
“Williams have entered the 2008 world championship accepting that condition. It all seems absolutely clear to me.”