Ecclestone Hits Back at Mosley for Ferrari Comments

A new episode of the Bernie Ecclestone vs. Max Mosley drama seems to have unfolded recently, following the latter's comments on F1's most faithful competitor, Ferrari. Talking to the Financial Times this weekend, the FIA president seemed very comfortable with the idea of Ferrari leaving the series in the near future.

It would be very, very sad to lose Ferrari. It is the Italian national team. But the sport could survive without Ferrari,” Mosley was quoted by the aforementioned publication, following Ferrari's threat to reconsider their position inside the sport as a result of the newly-implemented 40M (pounds sterling) budget cap.

Responding to those comments, however, was not Ferrari's CEO Luca di Montezemolo but Ecclestone himself. The 78-year old Englishman argued that the Scuderia could be convinced to adopt the new rules without the drama & the threats that come along with it. Having said that, he added that he doesn't think much of Mosley's capability of reaching an amicable settlement with anyone in F1, not only Ferrari.

The trouble with Max is he's not capable, like in the past, of wrapping things up nicely with a pink ribbon and things. He wants to put it in an old cardboard box and tie it with string. The trouble with Luca is that you shouldn't let Max ever be in a position where he can start a debate or an argument. He's reasonably clever and you won't win,” Ecclestone summoned up the entire argument between Mosley and Ferrari.

It would appear that everyone is in favor of the cap, including Ferrari, if we can get them to agree, which we can. However, there is concern over the amount that is referred to in the cap for some of the teams and also the two-tier system. So these are probably not monumental things to sort out,” added the F1 supremo.

Although no FIA source have confirmed this, it seems Mosley is already considering raising the budget cap for 2010 to 60M, with a potential decrease to 40M for the 2012 season, as reported by The Times.
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