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F1 Would Only Miss Ferrari – Bernie

Bernie Ecclestone has made shock claims in the wake of Honda’s decision to leave F1.

The old man of F1 claims that the only team he, and indeed the sport would miss is Ferrari.  Ferrari are the only team that remain in F1 that have been there right from the start (1950 Monaco GP), and have competed in every single season since then.

It will fuel the fire that the FIA favour Ferrari, especially after Toyota have made claims that the F60 has illegal exhaust pipes – we await judgement on that statement.

“It’s bad for me to say this,” Ecclestone told the Financial Times,

“But the only team we would really say we would miss is Ferrari.”


One response

  1. James

    This is kind of a slap in the face to the other teams, but in some ways perhaps the old man is right. However, I would be quick to defend other teams like McLaren, Williams, and Renault. Think of the history those teams have in F1. Granted that none of them have the world-renowned reputation that Ferrari have, but losing any of them would strike a blow to F1 and their long-time fans.

    Renault did leave the sport as a constructor in the late 1980s, but remained as a major engine supplier until their return in 2002. Thankfully they came back.

    Teams that have left the sport since 2002: Prost, Arrows, Super Aguri, Honda
    New teams since 2002: Toyota

    Teams that have changed ownership since 2002: Minardi (Toro Rosso), Jordan (Midland, Spyker, Force India), Sauber (BMW), Jaguar (Red Bull)

    At this rate, how realistic is it for F1 to be able to sustain itself?

    January 24, 2009 at 9:38 am

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