Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner doubts Ferrari will quit the sport despite its recent threats following sister brand Alfa Romeo’s return to the grid for 2018.

Alfa Romeo will be back racing in F1 next year after 32 years away thanks to a title sponsorship agreement with Sauber, which has expanded its technical partnership with Ferrari for 2018.

Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne said last month the Italian manufacturer could leave F1 if the sport’s new owner, Liberty Media, had unappealing plans moving forward.

Marchionne reiterated the quit threat at a press conference on Monday unveiling the new Alfa Romeo partnership with Sauber, but Horner feels the deal is proof Ferrari remains committed to F1.

“[Alfa Romeo] come under the same management as Sergio, so I can’t believe he’d have brought Alfa Romeo in for Ferrari to be leaving in a couple of years,” Horner said in an interview with Reuters.

“I think it demonstrates that Formula 1 is obviously working and creating the recognition.

“Otherwise the group wouldn’t have brought the Alfa brand into Formula 1.

“Formula 1 needs Ferrari and Ferrari needs Formula 1. It’s a marriage of convenience in many respects but both entities ultimately need each other.

“And we certainly want Ferrari in Formula 1. It’s one of the biggest brands in the world and they are a great team to compete against.”


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