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- Updated: March 7, 2018
Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has told Formula One owners Liberty Media to back off and let his team get on with the business of making F1 cars.
This comes after a recent threat from Marchionne about pulling his team out of the sport as he disagreed with Liberty’s apparent post-2020 direction.
Now, however, Marchionne has claimed that a compromise may well be found.
“We want a clear protection of the DNA of this sport. We do not want it to be diluted by commercial and entertainment factors,” he is quoted by Corriere dello Sport.
“We are engaged in the technical side, while I believe Liberty does not understand a thing about this. So let us work.
“If one competitor cannot be distinguished from the next – if Ferrari cannot stand out from Mercedes – then we’ll do something else,” Marchionne said.
When asked if he preferred the Bernie Ecclestone era, he said, “I saw Bernie this morning. I don’t know.
“Liberty’s commercial commitment is very serious, but Bernie had a unique strength — he was not going to interfere in the technical choice.”
Regarding his team’s chances in the upcoming season, he seemed reasonably relaxed.
“It’s definitely the quietest season I’ve faced since arriving in 2014,” he revealed.
“The boys are in control more than before. We have all the conditions we need and I think the car can be a winner at 51 per cent of the races this season.”
Marchionne ruled out moving Ferrari into Formula E, saying the category is “too funny to watch on TV with all those car changes”.
“For Alfa Romeo, we thought about it but we’re not ready to talk about it. I do not think the technology is suitable.”
Regarding the rumour that Maserati may team up with Haas, Marchionne said, “We have thought about it and there is that possibility, but first I want to see how it goes with (Sauber and) Alfa.”