So it would appear Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne is not the biggest fan of Formula 1 Sporting Director Ross Brawn. Ferrari is already not happy with the proposed 2021 engine regulations and It appears Marchionne blames one man and one man alone for that.
Marchionne told Speed Week, "I have a good relationship with (Liberty Media's) Chase Carey. We saw each other 10 days ago, and we had a very open dialogue. What I do not care for is when Ross Brawn comes along and announces that grid girls have to go. And how the engines and chassis should be. "
Marchionne didn't stop there, not by a long shot. "He behaves like Moses reading the Ten Commandments. And when I call Moses' boss, he tells me that it was just his personal opinion. So I don't want to participate in such a discourse. I want to sit down and talk to those involved. It's not helpful to involve the media."
On the topic of engines Sergio revealed that engines are currently sold to customers for 15 million euros ($17.8 million). Brawn and others have bemoaned the complexity of the modern F1 engine and that in order to make the sport more competitive the engines need to get simpler and more affordable.
"When I hear Ross Brawn say engines are too complicated, I ask, 'What does he want for 15 million?'" said Marchionne. "Liberty Media is right when they say we need to improve the show. I was not excited with what was offered at the last race, where virtually nothing happened for 50 laps. But that's not the fault of the engines. "
"In an ideal world, I would throw all the rules out of the window. Instead, we get suggestions that would lead to all the cars differing only in color. If this is the Formula 1 of the future, then Ferrari will only need three seconds to decide about leaving."
Overall the crux of Marchionne's issue is he believes Brawn is, "looking at ways that are against the DNA" . Formula 1 is an expensive enterprise, when you push the boundaries of technology things get expensive in a hurry. However, there has to be a balancing act between technology and cost and that is where Brawn is coming from. Small teams are struggling to stay in F1. If things continue as they are they will be priced out of the sport and Formula 1 will find themselves in real trouble.