Mercedes team manager Toto Wolff has been impressed with Ferrari's partnership with Sauber, and he is considering implementing a similar idea for his franchise.
Ferrari have partnered up with Sauber for the 2018 season, meaning that the B-Team will be known as the Alfa-Romeo [part of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group] Sauber'.
Subsequently, the deal also saw Ferrari junior drivers Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi handed a race seat and a reserve role in the line-up respectively.
Ferrari also have a similar sponsorship deal with Haas, which caused controversy back in the 2016 season, in which the American team debuted.
And, Wolff is keen on expanding his World Championship winning Mercedes team, and he feels the latest deal will strengthen both Ferrari and Formula One as a whole.
"I think what [Ferrari president] Sergio Marchionne and Maurizio [Arrivabene] are doing is very clever," Wolff told ESPN.
"They've had a good relationship with Haas. That has helped Haas and helped Ferrari and what they are doing now with Sauber is very visionary. With Fred [Vassuer] he has a team principal on the other side who knows the business inside out and it can be an alliance that can be dangerous for us."
Wolff is open to any idea of a similar system at Mercedes, and he admitted that his is already exploring it.
He said: "It's something that we are considering. It's not easy because you don't want to distract your own organisation with a collaboration with another team on the other side. We are not the only ones who are having intelligent ideas -- we are having discussions but nothing is done yet."
So, it seems like it could be a case of 'New Year, New Me' for Mercedes, as they look to continue their dominance in Formula 1.
Something that other constructors may not be happy to hear.
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