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Ferrari issue F1 quit threat

by | 12th, May 2009

ferrari_f2007_launch_6PANIC has gripped the sport of Formula 1, with the news that Ferrari have threatened to quit F1 at the end of this season if the sport continues with plans to introduce an optional £40m budget cap from 2010.

“No F1 in 2010 if the rules do not change,” said a statement. “Ferrari does not intend to register cars for the 2010 F1 world championship.”

F1 wouldn’t be the same without Ferrari, and that’s why the Italian manufacturer knows it’s in a position to make such a threat. If Force India, say, came out with a similar statement, no one would bat an eyelid.

Are Ferrari bluffing though? Probably, although there is a chance that they mean it. BBC radio’s F1 correspondent, David Croft, thinks there’s no chance that Ferrari will leave the sport that has done so much to promote their marque:

BBC Five Live Formula 1 correspondent David Croft fully expects Ferrari to line up on the grid in 2010, despite the threat.

“I would be amazed if Ferrari aren’t racing in 2010,” Croft said, “I think this is just the opening of a series of discussions that will take place between the sports most historic team and the governing body. It’s inconceivable that we would have Formula 1 without Ferrari. [Max] Mosley says the sport doesn’t need them, but I think a lot of people would beg to disagree.”

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