Mercedes is still committed to Formula One, the German marque's competition boss Norbert Haug insists.
Despite reuniting Ferrari's old 'dream team' of Michael Schumacher alongside Ross Brawn after buying Brawn GP for a fully works effort in 2010, the Brackley based outfit has now turned its attention almost exclusively to next year's title challenge.
So although the desired results have not come in 2010, Haug says the Mercedes paymasters remain committed to the sport.
"We've cut our budget drastically and we are still in F1, while other manufacturers have left," Haug is quoted by L'Equipe.
"We still think it is a good investment, even though our results have not been positive. When you win titles, you know how to win them again.
"The most important thing now is to stick together, and that is what we intend to do," added the German.
Haug continued: "Obviously we are not where we want to be, but quite often this is how F1 works. I've been in the business for a while, and Ross has as well.
"I know that this team has the potential to do better. Currently we are not strong enough, but I am convinced that with a bit of time, we can catch up," he added.
Villeneuve Annoyed That F1 Team Plans Leaked
Jacques Villeneuve has admitted to being annoyed that his plans for a Formula One team were publicly leaked.
The 1997 World Champion is bidding to re-enter the sport as a constructor next year in collaboration with the Italian former GP2 outfit Durango.
But Germany's Auto Bild quoted Villeneuve, 39, as indicating he sees it as an unfair advantage that his opponents for the 13th team entry have not been similarly outed.
It is believed the only other contenders for the grid space are Stefan GP and Epsilon Euskadi.
But the French Canadian said: "I have no idea who or what we are fighting against.
"Everything was kept quiet and we were happy with it that way. But someone who is not even part of the project decided to talk about it. That's pretty annoying.
"I can't really say anything, because we don't have all the facts yet," he added.
Earlier, he was quoted as saying Epsilon Euskadi's declaration that it is testing a wind tunnel model of its 2011 car is like "putting the cart before the horse".
He also refused to confirm or deny reports that the three 2011 hopefuls have been summoned to an interview later this week with the FIA in Paris.
But Villeneuve did confirm that he is no longer affiliated with Stefan GP.