F1 breakaway championship is a realistic possibility, says Toto Wolff

first_imgShare on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Bernie Ecclestone, who governed Formula One for four decades, claimed last month that the disgruntled Ferrari chairman, Sergio Marchionne, had already held talks over a rival championship.Ferrari are disappointed with Liberty Media’s vision for the sport beyond the expiration of the Concorde Agreement – a deal which binds the teams and stakeholders together until the end of 2020 – with Marchionne warning on a number of occasions that his famous Italian team will quit if F1’s American owners do not revise their future plans.Ferrari are unhappy with the proposed redistribution of prize money and the concept of a simpler engine. And while Wolff stressed that he was keen for the sport’s major players to work together and seek consensus on the correct way forward, the Austrian, who has overseen Mercedes’ dominance of F1 for the past four years, could not rule out the prospect of a breakaway championship.“The perspective of doing something else is a realistic one, and it could happen if we don’t achieve to align our vision,” said Wolff. Share on WhatsApp Read more Read more “Marchionne has a clear vision of what Formula One should represent for Ferrari, which is a purist sport that isn’t a shopping channel. I would strongly encourage all of the sport’s stakeholders not to try and provoke him.“I agree with most of the things Sergio says because Formula One has a certain DNA and it is a sport that needs to stick to its roots. So, don’t mess with Sergio Marchionne. Formula One needs Ferrari much more than Ferrari needs Formula One.“I will give it everything to align the vision among us by seeking consensus and accepting compromise.”The new season starts in Melbourne on Sunday and Wolff’s Mercedes team will start as the favourites to win a record-equalling fifth constructors’ championship following a strong showing in pre-season testing. Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Topics Reuse this contentcenter_img Red Bull’s Christian Horner: we’ve got F1’s most exciting driver pairing Motor sport Halo could be most effective method yet devised to reduce F1’s appeal Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Richard Williams Formula One 2018 Share on Messenger Share via Email Formula One A breakaway championship to rival Formula One has gathered further momentum after Mercedes’s executive director, Toto Wolff, warned that it is a “realistic” possibility and “could happen”.Wolff is the sport’s first team principal to reveal that a rebel series could be on the cards with the new season only days away.last_img read more