JUNE 29, 1998
Benetton to follow suit
The signing up of four teams will mean the need for major expansion at Mecachrome but the move from two to four supplies is logical in that the need to take on extra staff means four supplies rather than three makes more financial sense. The engines supplied via Supertec Sport are believed to be costing around 30% more than those which come directly from Mecachrome, the extra charge presumably being taken as profit by the mysterious owners of the company, which is managed by FlavioÊBriatore. All attempts to establish exactly who owns the new company have failed although there is much talk in the paddock suggesting that Bernie Ecclestone is somehow involved.