JANUARY 19, 2001
If that happens the newspaper speculates, DaimlerChrysler may be broken up and there are several car companies which would be bidding for the profitable Mercedes-Benz unit. Both Ford and General Motors are obvious bidders but the two US companies would have serious trouble with regulatory bodies and it is more likely that a smaller company such as Honda might make a more successful bid. The price would be in the region of $45bn.
It is unlikely that all this will actually happen but if it did it would have a dramatic effect on Formula 1 as Honda currently supplies British American Racing and Jordan and would be unlikely to want to continue with three teams, having acquired the engine supply of McLaren as well. As McLaren is the most successful of the three teams it is more likely that one of the others would be dropped and with BAR's Honda contract up at the end of the 2001 season it would be the obvious candidate.
However, a lot has got to happen before that comes to pass...