Bernie Ecclestone believes Ferrari’s threats to quit Formula 1 should be taken seriously, fearing the sport may not be able to survive without its most iconic team on the grid.

Ferrari CEO and chairman Sergio Marchionne made repeated quit threats late in 2017 in response to Liberty Media’s plans for F1, offering scepticism over the proposed engine rules for the 2021 season.

Speaking to Auto Motor und Sport in Germany, former F1 CEO Ecclestone said that Marchionne’s comments should be taken more seriously than previous quit threats, believing that while Ferrari could survive outside of grand prix racing, the sport may not be able to without the Prancing Horse.

“If it had been [ex-Ferrari chairman] Luca di Montezemolo, you would not have to take it so seriously. Motorsport was Luca’s life,” Ecclestone said.

“Sergio can live without Formula 1. He is only interested in the business. The most important thing for him is that he can offer the shareholders a good business result.

“If Marchionne does not like the path Formula 1 takes, then he will stop.

“I'm afraid Ferrari could live without Formula 1 - not the other way around.”

While Ferrari has made numerous threats to quit F1 over the years, Marchionne stressed last year it would leave the manufacturer better off financially and that its board would be “celebrating until the cows come home”.

Ferrari is currently bound to race in F1 until 2020 under the Concorde Agreement, with its commercial benefits from the sport allegedly set to be reviewed by Liberty Media.

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wow, sushigirl !  you really are an illinformed and ignorant person.  its a good job there are still some of us who actually know something about the sport.

Wow, Richard ! From your previous posts the only thing you know about F1 is how to hate Hammy. IMHO ILS has nailed it.

Ferrari haven't actually won a championship for like 10 years or something so I think Formula 1 can manage without them.

With the amount of monies that Ferrari take out of F1 along with their vetoing needed engine regulation changes for their own benefit it would seem that F1 would be better off without Sergio's pet.

mxracer.  when you have been following f1 for as long as i have, you will realise that you are speaking BS.  and trust you to bring lulu into a debate that has absolutely nothing to do with him.    sigh.....what a plonker !

mxracer.  when you have been following f1 for as long as i have, you will realise that you are speaking BS.  and trust you to bring lulu into a debate that has absolutely nothing to do with him.    sigh.....what a plonker !

If they lose Ferrari then they will likely lose the Italian GP too.  Indycar survived their split but 20 odd years later it still is a shadow of it's former self.  I think that there would be a lot fewer people attending races if Ferrari aren't there.  Can the circuits afford to lose those ticket sales witht the current business model?  I think not.

Lots of other motorsport survives without Ferrari

"Richard, the only thingyou know about F1" 25, You dont know RICHARD, You must have been born yesterday. 

RICHARD , The other one for sure loves sushi. 

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