Mercedes was open to cooperation with Red Bull as early as 2015, when the Red Bull Racing team was trying to cut off the connection with Renault. Discussions about cooperation with Red Bull continued to the Mercedes board of directors, and eventually the plan was rejected.
Wolf said: "The idea at the time was that Mercedes and Red Bull could collaborate on marketing. We were very interested in the platform Red Bull provided because they were a super cool brand and very innovative in their work. This is what I said to Christian (Horner), if we can connect the two and find an alliance, at least at the Daimler board level, allowing us to give proper consideration. But there has been no result.
Back to the present, after Honda confirmed that it will leave F1, Mercedes still cannot provide the engine for Red Bull. This time it is purely because of capacity issues.
Wolf said: "Today, this is just a problem of production capacity. These power plants are very complex. We cannot live in an environment that is constantly expanding like everyone at Daimler."
"From a logistics point of view, from a cost point of view, it is impossible for us to provide a power unit for Red Bull. From today's marketing point of view, engine suppliers have not benefited from team cooperation."
"That's why we acquired this team, that is why we have not become a pure engine supplier. I think we are benefiting from having a team."
"Supplying engines is not our top priority. We make them and then compete with our competitors in our cars, obviously to refinance the costs we provide to our customers."