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Ferrari threaten to quit F1 if FIA go ahead with rule changes

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There's a lot going on in Formula One right now, with everyone trying to find a way to even out the field and end Mercedes dominance.

Power Struggle

Since the beginning of the 'Hybrid Era' there has been one car, and in particular, one engine that has stood out above all others. Mercedes.

Their dominance has been abundantly clear since the first race in Melbourne almost two years ago, and despite Ferrari seemingly closing in this season, it still doesn't seem it will be enough.

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Over the last six months, there have been a number of suggestions as to how the sport can be made more competitive. The World Motor Sport Council appointed Bernie Ecclestone and FIA president Jean Todt to push the sport forwards - a choice many were unhappy with.

Ferrari Frustration

Proposals were put forward earlier this year to introduce a cost cap on customer engines, which would have brought the cost down from €20 million to around €12 million for 'same year units' (the same units that the works team would be using that season). However, the FIA later revealed that Ferrari had vetoed this decision.

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Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene insisted that the team used their veto from a commercial standpoint, rather than taking a stand against the other teams.

"It's not a position against the other teams, it's a position that's defending a commercial principle. We are open to find any other solution."

However, the power struggle seems to have continued as Ferrari are now warning that they will quit the sport if Ecclestone and Todt put these plans in front of the World Motor Sport Council. Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne said the following during the team's annual Christmas media briefing:

"Ferrari would find other ways to express its ability to race and to win," said president Sergio Marchionne during the team's annual Christmas media briefing.

"It would be a huge shame [if Ferrari quit F1], but Ferrari cannot be put in a corner on its knees and say nothing."

So as Ferrari and Ecclestone continue this war of words, could it be possible we see one of the sport's biggest teams quit the sport?

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