By "deal" I mean gentleman's agreement between Toto/Lauda, Horner, and Ecclestone. Basically an agreement was made between them and they just needed to hash out a few details before they formalized this. I think it's reasonable to assume that between the time the agreement was made and was going through the process of being formalized, the Mercedes heads/board decided differently. After they decided to back out, Toto/Lauda used the excuse described in the article above.
10/29/15 at 6:45pm