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Ecclestone: Ferrari is challenging mandate move

Bernie Ecclestone says the duopoly of Mercedes and Ferrari could 'destroy' F1, adding the latter is complaining about his recent mandate approval.
Bernie Ecclestone says Ferrari has written a letter to the FIA complaining that it doesn't have the right to hand down a mandate that could give the F1 supremo and the governing body pivotal power in decision-making processes.

Following widespread criticism that the democratic process of the Strategy Group is ineffective in F1 due to the vested interests of its different members, the World Motor Sport Council overwhelmingly voted in favour of a mandate to be given to Ecclestone and FIA President Jean Todt that will grant them additional power on 'pressing issues'.

With until the end of January to present proposals to teams, the move is seen as a way of diverting more power to Ecclestone and Todt, who fear manufacturers are beginning to dictate the sport, not least a 'duopoly' between Mercedes and Ferrari.

With just Ferrari the only member of the WMSC to oppose the move, Ecclestone told the BBC it has written a lawyer's letter arguing the mandate contravenes contracts. However, Ecclestone remains unconcerned if the matter is taken further.

"The only thing we could do is to ignore what Ferrari have said and carry on with it and say: 'You've got a choice - you can leave or go to arbitration and see what the arbitrators think. I think if we went to arbitration, we'd win easy,"

Ferrari, meanwhile, says it is "intention is simply to make sure that the governance principles" established by Ecclestone and the FIA and agreed with other stakeholders in F1 "continue to be duly complied with"

Speculating in a wide-ranging interview that Mercedes helped Ferrari bring its power unit up to speed last winter in order to lessen the criticism of the V6 Hybrid power units brought about by its dominance in 2014, Ecclestone says the combination of the two manufacturers could 'destroy' F1 if it becomes solely dependent on commercial interest than 'show business'.

"There is all sorts of things we know we can do and should do to make F1 back on the road where it should be, because we are in show business.

"We are there to entertain the public. We are not there to put on a show for Mercedes to demonstrate and sell their cars. Or Ferrari."

“We're helping a manufacturer, because it doesn't make a lot of difference to Ferrari with the sort of engines they make.

“So we are going to destroy Formula 1, if you like, because of a manufacturer, who would leave like the others have left when it suits them - BMW, Toyota, they leave when it suits them."

Ecclestone's words come as he grows increasingly frustrated with the influence Mercedes and Ferrari have begun to exert over F1 since the new regulations were introduced. With eight of the 11 teams competing in 2016 set to use their power units, Mercedes and Ferrari's influence on the grid will stretch even further next year.

“When Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff "puts his hand up and says Christmas is going to be 26 December, everybody agrees - same with Ferrari.”




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08.10.2015 - Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of FOM and Maurizio Arrivabene (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal
25.03.2017 - Qualifying, Mattia Binotto (ITA) Chief Technical Officer, Scuderia Ferrari and Maurizio Arrivabene (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal
25.03.2017 - Guenther Steiner (ITA) Haas F1 Team Prinicipal, Gene Haas (USA), Founder and Chairman and Maurizio Arrivabene (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal
24.03.2017 - Robert Fernley (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team Deputy Team Principal and Jean Todt (FRA), President FIA
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24.03.2017 - (L-R) Jerome Stoll (FRA) Renault Sport F1 President, Alain Prost (FRA) Renault Sport F1 Team Special Advisor and Jean Todt (FRA), President FIA
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Ross Brawn (GBR) Formula One Managing Director of Motorsports and Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Ross Brawn (GBR) Formula One Managing Director of Motorsports and Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Guenther Steiner (ITA) Haas F1 Team Prinicipal and Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director and Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Maurizio Arrivabene (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, (L-R) Guenther Steiner (ITA) Haas F1 Team Prinicipal, Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director and Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Maurizio Arrivabene (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director and Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, (L-R) Maurizio Arrivabene (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal, Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT), CEO and Team Principal, Sauber F1 Team, Guenther Steiner (ITA) Haas F1 Team Prinicipal, Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director, Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director, Franz Tost, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Team Principal and Cyril Abiteboul (FRA) Renault Sport F1 Managing Director
23.03.2017 - Mattia Binotto (ITA) Chief Technical Officer, Scuderia Ferrari and Maurizio Arrivabene (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal

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