Formula 1’s managing director of motorsports Ross Brawn believes the sport would survive if Ferrari were to quit amid dissent over future regulations.
Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has been extremely vocal since F1 – under new owners Liberty Media – and the FIA announced initial plans for a new power unit in 2021. Marchionne focused on the lack of power unit uniqueness that the latest proposal would offer, but his threat to pull Ferrari out of the sport after 2020 also comes against a backdrop of Liberty wanting to come up with a more equal model for revenue distribution.
Asked if Formula 1 could survive losing Ferrari, Brawn told Sky Sports: “Formula 1 will always survive.
“We all see it. We see world champions that leave the sport and sometimes we’ve had tragedies in Formula 1. We’ve always had this, ‘Where the sport will go?’ And it recovers. It carries on. It will carry on whether I’m in it, whether Liberty is in it, whether Ferrari is in it, they will carry on.
“Will it be better if that happens? I don’t think so. I think it will be better if we can find solutions with Ferrari but it has to be around the right parameters. We can’t have a situation where we do anything that a team wants, any team – Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault, we can’t run the sport just based on what the teams want.”
Brawn believes Ferrari’s complaints surround workable issues, but insists Liberty has limits it is not willing to go beyond even if that doesn’t match Ferrari’s demands.
“I think they’re saying they have important elements in Formula 1 that have to be maintained. I think we’ve got common ground on a lot of that. They are part of the DNA of Formula 1. We don’t want to lose that, but it has to be in the right circumstances. There are boundaries to what we feel is correct for the sport, and hopefully they can work it.”