The Aston Martin Formula 1 team is "open" to reducing its technical partnership with Mercedes, according to technical director Dan Fallows.
Since 2009, when the squad was Force India, it has enjoyed an alliance with Mercedes, initially through an engine and gearbox supply deal with this expanding in recent years to include so-called 'non-listed' parts such as suspension.
However, under Lawrence Stroll's ownership, the team is expanding with a brand-new factory being built at their Silverstone HQ with the aim of challenging for the championships.
Key figures have also been recruited from rival teams, including Fallows who joined from Red Bull to head up the technical department.
And he believes that the team must willing to reduce their reliance on Mercedes.
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"I think we're pretty open-minded about that kind of thing," Fallows explained to select media including RacingNews365.com when asked if he wanted to manufacture more of the bought-in components.
"What this team has gained from its relationship with Mercedes has been immense, and as we move into the future and do things our own way, we're mindful that we have to do them at least as well and if not better than they do.
"That is a capability that you have to build up before we can even talk about making those decisions.
"But when we look at the future, all is open and Lawrence [Stroll] has been really open about his ambitions for the team.
"We will evaluate what is the next thing that will help us become more competitive, but at the moment, I don't see any of the stuff we get from Mercedes as holding us back in any way."
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