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Ferrari threat to leave F1 is real says Marchionne

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has again confirmed that Ferrari’s threat to leave Formula One is real, following the announcement of engine plans for the 2021 season.

Speaking at the launch of the new Alfa Romeo Sauber Livery for 2018 over the weekend in Italy, Marchionne confirmed Ferrari is not pleased with the engine configurations announced by the FIA at the end of October, which stated: “During the remaining part of 2017 and 2018, the FIA and F1 will also work with the teams to establish power unit test and development restrictions as well as other cost containment measures.”

Ferrari are said to not be the only team unhappy with the proposed changes, as current champions MercedessAMG have also spoke out this last week with concerns of their own. However the threat from Ferrari does seeem a real one, if the longest serving team in Formula 1 quit the sport, that would be considered a major body blow to F1 and surely something it’s owners would like to avoid.

“The dialogue has started and will continue to evolve,” Marchionne said.

“We have time until 2020 to find a solution which benefits Ferrari.

“The threat of Ferrari leaving Formula One is serious. The agreement with Sauber expires in 2020-2021, right when Ferrari could leave.

“We have to find a solution which is good for the sport, but we also have to be clear on the things we can’t back down on.”

 

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