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Ferrari retains power of veto

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03/12/2019

Ferrari chairman, Louis Camilleri has revealed that the Italian marque has retained its controversial right of veto over rule changes.

It was expected that Ferrari would lose the right as part of the overhaul the sport is to undergo in 2021, but with doubt over the futures of both Mercedes and Renault, and Honda announcing only a one-year extension to its contract with Red Bull and Toro Rosso, F1 bosses appear to have been keen to keep the Italian team sweet.

Though a number of teams, especially the likes of Mercedes and Red Bull, are unhappy with the veto, Ferrari insists that it enables it to work for the benefit of all the teams.

Indeed, Camilleri claims the veto will allow his company to be the "adult in the room" as the sport moves forward.

"We have retained the veto rights and those are critical not just for Ferrari but for F1 as well," he said, according to the Financial Times.

"Will we ever use it? I doubt it," he added, though the team has used it. "But just the fact of having it, does it get people's attention? I think so.

"It's something I think is important," he continued. "Some of the teams think it's anachronistic and shouldn't be there, but on the other hand some think it's a good idea to have an ‘adult' in the room."

Ferrari previously used the veto to block the move for a price cap for engines in 2015, while it has since voiced its displeasure at talk of the move towards more standard parts.

"We are very committed," he said, the words which have no doubt swayed F1 and FIA bosses who wanted to do away with the team's right of veto. "The Concorde Agreement is really a beginning, it's not even the end of the beginning.

"Things will need to evolve over the coming months," he added, "but the basic principles everyone agrees to and that's healthy. There's still lots of things to do.

"The key is to ensure F1 will always remain at the pinnacle of motorsport and there will be sufficient room for technological creativity and innovation, which has been the driver of F1 historically.

"A year ago there was a push for standardisation of parts, but that has been diluted significantly, which is a good thing."

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1. Posted by Wokingchap, 12 hours ago

"I totally agree with Stitch431, Spartacus, klmn, and Steve666 on this, they were even given this absurd veto in an underhanded fashion and it was kept quiet for years....shame on all those concerned. It should be removed immediately."

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2. Posted by imejl99, 04/12/2019 9:09

"Perfect F1 paradigm inadvertently made by Louis Camilleri - "that has been diluted significantly""

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3. Posted by Steve 666, 03/12/2019 19:00

"So much for “levelling the playing field”, looks like it’s still got a slope at one end. Very sad, I’d really hope the planned changes were going to make things fairer and give all teams the same say and opportunities, perhaps I was too naive. Oh well, so long as they go to Brazil we’ll get good racing."

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4. Posted by klmn, 03/12/2019 17:06

"Absurd , a team known for cheating time after time holds a veto."

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5. Posted by Spartacus, 03/12/2019 16:48

"I don't believe any one team should have the "power" to hold off the whole. This limits change and why you have an organization or a governing body. They are part of the FIA."

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6. Posted by Pavlo, 03/12/2019 14:41

"@Stitch432 - maybe some fans are ... that's your words :)
Why Mercedes or Red Bull play this game and not complain? Maybe because they are happy with the situation and the bonuses they have themselves? Of course, conspiracy is more interesting...
Btw, Ferrari car was fully compliant on track with no illegal advantage at all. Their documents were wrong - so they paid a fine for it, simple and enough."

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7. Posted by Stitch431, 03/12/2019 12:16

"Yeah right, everything the FIA and F1 management do everything in their power to help them become world champion. Like the "mistake" of the fuel calculation last weekend. Oops, it concerns the fuel again, what a coincidence... and now they retain their veto? Why not take all other cars out upfront. It does not make much of a difference anyway when obvious cheating brings them pole positions and wins, and get to keep them despite it is so obvious they have been cheating. Fans are dumb right? Sorry, I had to get this of my chest. "

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