Barcelona - Brexit is a major concern for the Mercedes Formula One team, which fears the 'mother of all messes' could cause massive damage to Britain's motorsport industry while also helping rival Ferrari, team boss Toto Wolff said on Monday.
Speaking to reporters on the first day of pre-season testing at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, the Austrian suggested a chaotic British departure from the European Union was the nightmare scenario for his team.
Mercedes, which has won the past five seasons, has its Formula One factory and high performance engine operations based at Brackley and Brixworth near the British Grand Prix circuit Silverstone.
Seven of the 10 teams, including former champions Williams, Renault, Red Bull and McLaren also have factories in Britain with only Ferrari, Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso and Alfa Romeo based elsewhere in Europe.
"Brexit is a major concern for us and should be a major concern for all of us who and live and operate out of United Kingdom," said Wolff.