is the epitome of imprecision on the subject of the Concorde Agreement and Mercedes
. The F1 chief executive said recently that there is "total agreement" in the paddock about the future.
But subsequent reports, essentially confirmed by Mercedes' Norbert Haug, indicated that Mercedes is in fact yet to sign on the dotted line. "I am sure Mercedes will soon issue a press release on the subject," Ecclestone told DAPD news agency when asked about Mercedes' apparent agreement. "I will speak with them at Hockenheim," he then added. "Hopefully there'll be a final decision there."
Die Welt newspaper said this week that Mercedes is not only yet to sign up, but that Niki Lauda
has been engaged as an intermediary for the negotiations. "We ask for your understanding that we are not commenting on the negotiations," Haug insisted. "This is the standard in the industry, not because we want to hide something," he added. But when asked if Mercedes is contemplating pulling out of F1, he answered simply: "No." (GMM)