Plenty of sabre rattling is occurring between FIA president Jean Todt and Ferrari’s Sergio Marchionne during the Geneva Motor show.
Ferrari president is threatening to withdraw his racing team from Formula One, again. And again the US series of Indycar has been mooted as a possible destination.
“It Ferrari leaves, it will be their choice. They can do what they want,” says Todt.
Quite how Ferrari think that a spec series based in the USA will be able to accommodate Ferrari’s requirements is anyone’s guess, but lets not allow reality to get in the way of a good yarn.
With the FIA’s intention to withdraw Ferrari’s traditional veto, along with Liberty Media’s proposed budget cap, Ferrari are feeling the heat.
“I will do everything I can to protect and protect Ferrari’s position in the sport. But we do not stay at all costs and not for purely business reasons.” says Marchionne.
“I would look for an alternative strategy and replace Formula One. A more sensible solution. ”
When asked if we could see a return from Ferrari to Indianapolis. Marchionne replied: “Why not? We have the tradition and we think about it. ”
We’ve been here before. Back in the late 80’s Ferrari built an Indycar purely for the intention of scaring the governing body of Formula 1. The car was never actually raced and now resides in a museum. The ultimate bluff one could say.
But could there actually be a growing link for a move by Ferrari into the US series?
The unofficial, but near enough works Ferrari endurance sports car team; Scuderia Corsa, has just signed an agreement with the Rahal / Letterman team for a crack at this year’s Indy500 using Spaniard Oriol Servia. This move from Sportscars into single seaters by a private Ferrari team with full factory support and is run by Giacomo Mattioli, the largest Ferrari dealer in the world, might be the catalyst to facilitate a future involvement by Ferrari at Indy.