Monday, 12 march 2018, 04:11 , by Matthew Scott
Red Bull chief Christian Horner says Ferrari's threats over quitting Formula 1 are "disrespectful" to the sport's governors. Horner has accused the Scuderia of holding F1 "to ransom" as they continue to express dissatisfaction with the future vision of Liberty Media.
Proposed changes to engine regulations and budget caps have infuriated Ferrari, leading CEO Sergio Marchionne to suggest they could leave the sport in 2021.
Marchionne has suggested that a decision on Ferrari's future could be made by the end of this year if Liberty Media do not row back on their plans.
Former Ferrari team principal Ross Brawn is the current director of motorsports in F1 and has played a key role in shaping the future, particularly on the engine side of things.
And Horner says Brawn and the sport as a whole deserve more respect from Ferrari.
"I think that's disrespectful to Ross Brawn, one of the most successful engineers in F1 history," Horner told El Confidencial.
"I think Liberty has a good understanding of the business and it's up to them to decide what's best.
"It might be bad for us or Ferrari or Mercedes, but it's Liberty who must decide what they want Formula 1 to be.
"It's inevitable that there are going to be two battlefields.
"FOM and the FIA are going to make the rules, and then it's up to the teams to decide if they want to be part of it or not.
"We're not going to have any influence. This world championship is managed by the FIA and FOM and it's their job to know what they want.
"Of course everyone wants Ferrari to continue, and it's fantastic fighting against such an iconic team. But it's wrong to hold F1 to ransom in that way."