Ferrari could leave F1 after 2020, warns Marchionne
“But if we change the sandbox to the point where it becomes an unrecognizable sandbox, I don’t want to play anymore.”
“Like a million bucks because I’ll be working on an alternative strategy to try and replace it. More rational one, too.”
They have accumulated a record 228 race wins, 16 constructors’ championships and 15 drivers’ titles.
It has long been accepted in Formula One that the Monaco Grand Prix and Ferrari are the two central pillars of the sport’s success, and their current share of the revenues reflects that special status.
Liberty want to level the playing field and rebalance revenues once the current agreement with teams expires at the end of 2020.
Proposals for a new, cheaper and simpler engine were presented in Paris on Oct. 31 and there is another meeting of the sport’s Strategy Group on Nov. 7 to discuss other changes.
“Liberty has got a couple of good intentions in all of this, one of which is to reduce the cost of execution for the team, which I think is good,” said Marchionne.
But he said Ferrari and Liberty appeared to be “somewhat at odds in terms of the strategic development” after 2020.
“I think you need to be absolutely clear that unless we find a set of circumstances, the results of which are beneficial to the maintenance of the brand in the marketplace and to the strengthening of the unique position for Ferrari, Ferrari will not play,” he said.
Marchionne said, however, that he would not pre-judge anything.“We’re walking into this meeting next Tuesday with the best of intentions, we’ll see where it takes us,” he said.
“I am attending those meetings on strategy because it’s important, because it matters a lot to this business,” added Marchionne.
“The financial implications of the wrong choice for the moment going forward are pretty significant to Ferrari.”