Horner, Wolff discuss prospect of Ferrari exit from F1 - Iforsports

Horner, Wolff discuss prospect of Ferrari exit from F1

Sergio Marchionne is the president of Ferrari

While many have speculated that Ferrari may well leave Formula One and help in setting up a championship that would rival the sport, Christian Horner and Toto Wolff both believe that such a situation will not arise.

Last week, Bernie Ecclestone had spoken about how Liberty Media should not take Ferrari’s threats lightly and there was a realistic prospect of the team quitting a sport of which it is such an integral part.

However, Red Bull boss Horner said that this was extremely unlikely.

“Bernie knows every time the Concorde came up for renewal there was talk of a different series,” Horner told Sky Sports.

“Since my involvement over the past 14 years, every time it’s up for renewal, bang there is another series mooted.

“It hasn’t happened yet and I don’t think it’s going to happen at the moment,” Horner continued.

“Formula 1 is and will be the pinnacle of motorsport.”

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has made his displeasure of Liberty Media’s proposed changes in the sport no secret, and has often claimed that he would not hesitate in pulling his team out once their contract ended in 2021, and perhaps even sooner.

However, Horner said that Mercedes may also be on the verge of taking Ferrari’s stance.

“For the last couple of years there has been a very tight relationship between Ferrari and Mercedes,” he said.

“Sometimes it is difficult to tell which is which.

“Mercedes and Ferrari are working as one team these days,” he added. “They even broadcast each other’s launches and things like that these days!

It is interesting to note that Mercedes boss Wolff had previously told Sky Sports that he could see some truth in Marchionne’s recent criticism.

“Most of the things Sergio says make absolute sense to me,” he said. “And this overlays with our position.”

However, he said that there was no chance that the Silver Arrows would participate in a Ferrari-led rival championship.

“We are committed to Formula 1,” said Wolff. “This is our joint-platform and we all benefit if it is running well.

“We are critical on some of the things because we want Formula 1 to do well,” he continued. “We invest a lot in this platform. It’s a major global sport that has grown over the years and we feel responsible.”

“This is what we are concentrating on,” he continued. “Giving the management of Formula 1 and the FIA the utmost support to solve the problems. To make it great, improve the show.

“This must be our clear number one priority.”

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