F1: Ferrari Formula 1 quit threat is 'serious', says Marchionne

Sauber unveils concept 2018 Alfa Romeo livery

No sooner had Red Bull boss Christian Horner pointed to Alfa Romeo's return to F1 as proof that Sergio Marchionne's threat to take Ferrari out of the sport is bluff, than the Fiat Chrysler boss reiterated the threat.

Marchionne's main bone of contention with the prospective 2021 engine rules is the inclusion of standardised parts as a means of dropping the cost of the sport's future power unit.

"The dialogue has started and will continue to evolve", he said at the recent Alfa Romeo-Sauber launch. The agreement with Sauber expires in 2020-2021, right when Ferrari could leave. "I would also like to thank Sauber for their trust and confidence in me as a driver, and look forward to joining the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team for the upcoming season", said LeClerc. 'We have time until 2020 to find a solution which benefits Ferrari.




The new Alfa Romeo Sauber Formula One Team auto during its official presentation at the Alfa Romeo Historical Museum in Arese, near Milan.

Besides the one remaining seat at Williams alongside Lance Stroll, Sauber was still yet to confirm either of its 2018 drivers, with three candidates being in contention.

However, the storied scuderia is now approaching a decade without a trophy, having last won the constructors' title in 2008, while its last individual champion was Kimi Raikkonen in 2007.

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