Mercedes and Force India deny engine switch reports

Stephan Heublein

Mercedes' Norbert Haug and Force India on Friday played down reports about movement in the customer engine market for 2011.

Citing unnamed sources, a report in the Bayern newspaper TZ said Red Bull could be powered by Mercedes next year, with Force India switching to Renault.

Force India denied the story, insisting it has a valid contract with Mercedes until the end of 2012.

Also contrary to the report, the Silverstone based team said its payments to Mercedes are up to date "and always will be".