Mercedes sports director warns against leaving Ferrari
The ideas of Formula 1 owners Liberty Media meet with little approval at Ferrari. Mercedes sports director Toto Wolff warns against the Scuderia leaving the race.
Formula 1 without Ferrari? Mercedes sports director Toto Wolff takes the threats of Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne’s exit very seriously and warns the competition to take the threats lightly: “He’s someone who can’t take a joke there,” says Wolff about Marchionne.
The Ferrari boss had previously built a threatening backdrop in the direction of Formula 1 owners. Although the most traditional and successful racing team in Formula 1 history “has the will to remain associated with sport”, “if we find circumstances whose results are not conducive to Ferrari’s unique position, then Ferrari will not go along with it”.
Marchionne opened the next round in the Ballyhoo of rich racing teams with the world federation FIA and the new top class owner Liberty Media, who presented their ideas for the new engine to the ten Formula 1 teams from the 2021 season.
“He has a clear idea of what Formula 1 has to look like for it to be a platform for Ferrari,” says Wolff. That means: Consistency in the engine regulations after 2020 with a large proportion of hybrid power developed in-house – not simplified technology and standard parts, as Liberty Media and the FIA have in mind: “If he doesn’t see any advantage for his company, he turns off the lights. Quite simply, without remorse. You’d better not mess with him,” warns Toto Wolff.
But the advance of the Ferrari boss does not come so completely inconveniently to the Mercedes sports boss. Because even the Silver Arrows have little to gain from the new ideas of Formula 1 owners.
The two top teams of the top class are pulling together in this respect. Or as Wolff likes to say again and again: rivals on the track, but united behind the scenes when it comes to the future. Wolff continues: “Don’t provoke Sergio Marchionne. Formula One needs Ferrari more than the other way around.”