No they were not but since you made it about Mercedes engine not offered to them, again I ask why have you left Ferrari out, Marko never said anything about engines, you did and I am asking you directly why ?
Providing engines to some (and denying others) was just one in a much longer list of examples, showing an undesirable influence of Mercedes as a car manufacturer over this sport. And if it makes you happy: yes, the same goes for Ferrari, more or less. IMO both are a thread to the future of the formula and I've tried to substantiate this. Perfectly fine with me if you don't agree.
First of all, the 2018 tyre situation. A conversation about 0.4mm. Yet even Ferrari and Vettel himself came out afterwards and said the change was a positive one. And don't even begin to bang on about tyres after the 2013 mid season pressure increase, which every single team (barring RedBull) foretold that if the pressures were increased, it would hand a massive advantage to the aforementioned team. Guess what? It did. Vettel and Redbull went on a nine race uninterrupted winning streak. As I said in a previous post, why wasn't Makro complaining about one team's dominance then? Why wasn't he offering to supply every other team their chassis and aero blueprints? You know, for the sake of fair competition and the sport. Come back to me when you have an answer for that.
And don't whine about an incredibly talented and hardworking group of individuals designing a car which happens to be faster than your beloved RedBull. We're talking about a sport where it costs upwards of $300,000,000m to compete at the top end of the grid. F1 isn't a charity. Or would you prefer Toto Wolff walk into Brixley tomorrow morning and say "Hey, you know what, all the hard work and years of effort you've put into giving us an advantage, well, I've decided to give one of our biggest competitors the fruit of your labour, just to be fair."
So, whilst it may be important to me that Mercedes are successful, I'd content that your stubbornness to take anyone's difference of opinion into account probably means you're more of a Mercedes hater than someone who is striving for equality. Which will never happen in F1. Ever.
As Hela and others have mentioned, F1 will be fine.
You couldn't be more wrong about how I feel about Mercedes as an F1-team. I respect and admire them. A lot. But you seem to take this as personal dig specifically aimed at them while it was my intent to show that some car manufacturers have too much power, using Mercedes as an example.
At the same time I'm not a blind follower of Red Bull or mr. Marko. But well, he brought this all up didn't he? It's true that a fellow countryman is driving for that team at the moment but hell, even he nay be driving for Mercedes some time...So calling me a hater is far beyond the truth.
Lastly, I don't think that Bull's winning streak was remotely comparable to the current Mercedes dominance. Red Bull only had some fizzy drinks in a can and a great chassis, while I showed that Mercedes has much more commercial involvement in the sport and it's tyre manufacturer. I just don't think that that kind of a deep involvement is a healthy development from a sporting perspective.
What exactly are they "controlling"?
I provided a list of examples (which you obviously didn't read) of their instruments, their commercial interests and actual trends in a bid to substantiate the points I was trying to make: too much power and influence in the hands of a few car manufacturers, will utlimately kill the sport. I'll repeat them here for your convenience and I challenge you to use your own imagination to work out how this all happening at the same time can lead to 'control':
Merc providing lots of other teams with their PU, creating political and technical dependencies
Merc deciding who gets their PU and who not and using that to stay ahead
Merc providing FIA with the medical- and pace cars
Merc providing FIA / Liberty with company cars for officials
Merc road cars shod with Pirelli's
Merc enjoying an exclusive tyre advantage
Merc dominating the races and both championships for years
Ever declining audience and spectater ratings
Ever declining revenues
Ever declining number of cars on the grid
Increasing thread from energy transition and competition
And while I use Merc here as an example, this partly goes for Ferrari as well.
Edited by KevD, 18 June 2019 - 20:40.