Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne has once again stated that Ferrari could leave the sport over the future engine regulations. When manufacturers were presented with the proposed new rules for 2021, Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault expressed their disappointment.
However, Ferrari went as far as threatening to leave the sport for good if it felt that Formula 1 was not heading in the right direction. Speaking at the presentation of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, Marchionne brought back his previous statements.
Marchionne's main problem with the future regulations is standardised parts and a drop in the cost of the power units. He would pull F1's most famous and successful team out of the sport rather than "play NASCAR globally".
"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 1 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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