Several Formula 1 team principals have voiced concerns that Ferrari could be entitled to reserve its rule veto under the revised 2021 regulations.
The Italian outfit has held the right to veto any rule changes the sport considers to alter, a position it has attained for a number of years but could be in danger of losing in the Concorde Agreement for 2021.
Ferrari’s F1 chief Mattia Binotto insisted it was important for not only the team to keep the veto but also “protecting all the teams against decisions which could be against the spirit or the interest of the teams themselves”.
However, it has drawn criticism from rival outfits who are keen to see Ferrari be stripped of its entitlement ahead of a crucial vote to sign off the 2021 regulations.
“I think it’s just silly, if I’m being honest,” Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams said.
“I have a problem in our sport anyway in the fact that I feel it’s too democratic. I’ve been quite open about that. I feel F1 and the FIA should take more ownership of the regulations. We run it too much in a collegiate way which is detrimental, as we all have our own agendas.
“We need to be looking at this sport and its sustainability into the future, and protecting it and protecting the true DNA of that. By doing that my committee, I think it can be very difficult.
“I really don’t feel that one team should have a veto. That makes no sense to me.”
Red Bull boss Christian Horner argued Ferrari’s veto was “pretty outdated” for modern F1, further echoing Williams’ comments.
“You can view it two ways. You can say it’s a safety net for them representing the teams, but ultimately they’re representing Ferrari,” Horner said.
“Probably, if we’re going for a clean sheet of paper, it would make sense for it not to be there, and as Claire says, same rules for everyone.”
Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul and McLaren CEO Zak Brown agreed that while it’s important to recognise Ferrari’s value to F1, it should not be aligned with the governance of the sport.
“I think we need Formula 1 to be progressive rather than defensive, and an ability to block due process that can be perceived or decided on what is positive for the sport would be not good,” Abiteboul said.
“We completely recognise the specific value of Ferrari to the sport, but that can be reflected probably in the commercial area rather than in the governance.”
Brown added: “Formula 1 themselves want to do what is in the best interests of the sport, which I think is ultimately in the best interest of all of us, so we’re best having our own individual negotiations when and if that is appropriate.
“As Cyril said, I think Ferrari bring a tremendous amount to the sport, and that can be recognised in other ways.”