It is not my intention to offend anyone, I assure you, but there are some problems with such "news". If the decision was reached, we would know now, and there is no need for special meeting next week to ... (fill the blanks: ratify, decide, approve budget, approve adjusted strategy, etc.). If I am not mistaken, it is Sales and Marketing who are responsible for F1 budget at Mercedes. VP would merely inform others in most polite manner, but it's his budget after all. Dr. Zetsche, a strong proponent of racing, will want to have it explained, especially if there are legal aspects that could prevent their continuation. It could be as simple as issues with time-line. Court case is open, Mercedes is left hanging on legal grounds, yet FOM is pushing for CA to be signed, now. There are myriad of issues we do not know about.
In any case this is not some random blogger with a lot of imagination... But you should know that members of specialized press often, if not always, share their infos between them , their best way to ensure that the info is solid, before publishing and then decide which one of them will be the first to publish it (getting credit for a scoop).
Deductive reasoning from the people standing in the front of building is in full swing.
Edited by Sakae, 16 August 2012 - 16:05.