Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has some news for Bernie Ecclestone and Formula 1: they’d be perfectly fine without the race series.
Marchionne, along with the team bosses of Mercedes and Renault, is none too happy with a recent proposal that would give Bernie Ecclestone and FIA president Jean Todt more power to make decisions in F1. The manufacturers argue that because they are the ones that have invested heavily in the new 1.6-liter turbocharged hybrid powertrain, they should retain the majority of decision-making power.
If Ecclestone and Todt are given the amount of power they are seeking, it’s possible Ferrari could leave F1. Racer asked Marchionne how Ferrari would promote itself if it were to leave the race series it has been apart of since the ‘50s, to which the Italian Canadian businessman replied Ferrari would “find other ways to provide its ability to win and to race.”
“F1 would change [without Ferrari],” Marchionne said. “It would be something else. Nobody would be interested in Formula 1 without Ferrari, not even Mercedes. We are all there to compete.”
Marchionne added that Mercees and Renault are also on their side in opposing Ecclestone and Todt’s power-seeking and stressed that Ferrari is not interested in a race series with uniform equipment like NASCAR.
“It is something is going to happen can’t be debated, we do not agree with this position,” said Marchionne. “This is something we are inline with Mercedes and also with Renault.
“We spend a hundreds of millions every year, so these are heavy investments. The issue is trying to come up with power units which are affordable to all teams.
“The teams that are able to develop their own engines are being deprived of the reason why to go on track during every race. We race during every grand prix to improve ourselves, so we should try to improve our cutting edge and this is a different approach to the one which wants to be imposed. If F1 is going to become like NASCAR…well, I’m not interested in that.”