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GP Week : Issue 35
No breakaway threat over sta THE row over standardised engines in Formula 1 will not result in a manufacturer-led breakaway championship, according to McLaren CEO Ron Dennis. The Englishman reiterated at the Brazilian Grand Prix that Formula 1 needed to remember its core values as it strives to cut costs in the immediate future. “I think it’s just clear that something that’s important to Formula 1 is the values of Formula 1, the spirit of Formula 1 but at the same time we have a deep and very considered responsibility to Formula 1 and that means we have to really get costs in control at a time when the whole world is in a very difficult economic position.” Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali agreed with his counterpart and stated that the sport had to remain committed to the pursuit of technical excellence. In the days leading up the Brazilian Grand Prix, the Ferrari board had announced that it would be forced to re-consider its continued participation in Formula 1 should the sport switch to standardised engines. “In my view, we need to take everything as a package,”he said. “We are speaking of a sport, of a business, of a sport related to technology, a sport related to the show and within all this framework we need to take the right action at this moment, considering what is going on around us in terms of the economic situation.” With the FIA seemingly intent on pushing forward with plans to introduce standard engines to Formula 1 if FOTA does not manage to convince the governing body of a better way of reducing costs with regard to engines, there have been increasing threats from the engine manufacturers over their potential withdrawal from Formula 1. However, when asked by GPWeek if the manufacturers might consider setting up a breakaway championship which did extol the virtues of the Formula 1 in which