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Ross Brawn has claimed that Liberty Media will be able to find a way to keep Ferrari in Formula One by introducing some changes to the existing series.
Liberty Media’s initial proposals that included a spending cap and slowing the cars in the interest of balancing the field and improving the racing were not appreciated by Ferrari, who had threatened to quit the sport if all the said proposals were implemented. The team has claimed that it will not renew its contract beyond 2020 if Liberty Media does not alter its stance.
Brawn was once the technical boss during Ferrari’s successful Michael Schumacher era and is currently the sporting director for Liberty Media. He suggested that Ferrari is extremely important to the sport, both in the short term and for years to come.
“I worked for them for 10 years and carry them in my heart still,” Brawn told German media outlet Auto Motor und Sport.
“Ferrari is an icon, and I hope we will find a solution that will work for everyone. A great sport is great for everyone, and we do not want Ferrari to leave.”
However, Brawn did confess that certain changes would have to be made and if Ferrari was to quit as a result, so be it.
“The sport should be fair to all participants, including Ferrari,” Brawn said. “Yes, it’s true that Ferrari has veto rights, but to my knowledge they (have) never used it. Perhaps they waved it around.”
As for the racing, Brawn pointed to MotoGP as an example of a series that is not as fast as Formula 1 but is arguably more exciting.
“A MotoGP bike is 30 seconds slower, but it still seems incredibly fast,” he said. “It’s more important to have cars that look good and can compete against one another. Does anyone complain that the times are 15 seconds slower when it rains?”