Helmut Marko, long-time advisor to Red Bull Racing and its sister team AlphaTauri, has rubbished recent reports linking Mercedes-Benz to a potential buyout of Aston Martin, claiming the rumors make “no sense.”
Amid ongoing speculation of a shakeup at Aston Martin, it was suggested earlier this week that Mercedes-Benz had entered talks with the British luxury carmaker over a possible takeover.
However, in a recent interview, Marko, the head of Red Bull’s driver development program, poured cold water on the rumors, asserting that “there is no sense” in such a move.
“It’s difficult to understand why Mercedes would want to buy Aston Martin when they already have a successful Formula One program,” said Marko. “Mercedes is a frontrunner in the sport, and there is no reason for them to venture into a completely different category.”
Marko went on to suggest that a potential buyout could be motivated by Mercedes’ desire to expand its presence in the luxury car market, but maintained that the idea was still “nonsensical.”
“Of course, Mercedes is looking to expand its presence in the luxury car market, but buying Aston Martin makes no sense,” he said. “The brand is struggling, and it’s unclear why Mercedes would want to take on such a financial burden. It just doesn’t add up.”
When asked to comment on the speculation, a spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz declined to comment.