Mercedes F1 chairman Niki Lauda says that Mercedes has no intention of joining Ferrari in threatening to quit Formula 1 over changes in the sport
“That’s nonsense,” Lauda, a three-time F1 champion, told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.
But it is clear that the manufacturers, including Renault, are not happy with Liberty Media’s plans for an all-new engine formula beyond 2020.
“We first want to see the bigger picture and know where Formula 1 will be in 2021,” said Renault chief Cyril Abiteboul.
Manufacturers are also concerned about a proposed budget cap, with some figures wondering why Liberty Media — the commercial rights holder — is even stepping into the FIA’s area of making the rules.
“Why? Because the rules also determine the commercial success of the sport,” said F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn.