Ferrari have power to veto Horner’s appointment to top F1 job
5 December, 2013
Ferrari’s political power in the realms of Formula 1 extends even to the choice of Bernie Ecclestone’s eventual successor at the helm of the sport.
Amid his legal troubles surrounding the Gerhard Gribkowsky corruption scandal, 83-year-old Ecclestone recently named Red Bull team boss Christian Horner as his preferred potential successor.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, however, dismissed Horner’s naming as a “joke”.
“As the years go by, he (Ecclestone) more and more enjoys making jokes and I’m happy he still has the desire to do so,” he told Italian television Rai.
In the same interview, Montezemolo confirmed for the very first time long-standing paddock reports that Ferrari has the unique ability to “veto” proposed changes by Ecclestone and the governing FIA.
“We are the only team with the right of veto,” he said. “More political weight than that is impossible! We are aware of our strength in Formula 1, which without us, would be completely different.”
Now, in an interview published by CNN, Ecclestone has played down his comments about Horner, arguing that he only mentioned his 40-year-old friend because he was “walking past” at the time.
Ecclestone told the Formula 1 business journalist Christian Sylt: “Firstly CVC would never agree [to Horner's appointment] and secondly, Ferrari would have a say.” (GMM)
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