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In the light of Ferrari's disappointing 2017 season, their president has unsurprisingly been the centre of a lot of difficult questions.

Now when a man as high up in his field as Sergio Marchionne speaks, it tends to make waves both with his team, but also the sport in general.

After recently speaking out regarding his team's dismal display in the second half of the 2017 season, Marchionne has now shifted is focus on the 2021 engine proposals.

For those who are not aware, the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (more commonly known as the FIA) and Formula One Management (FOM) recently released a set of proposals regarding engine regulations in the sport in 2021.

The idea of the proposal is to shift the emphasis from the car to the driver, giving more drivers an equal chance and lowering the entry requirements to the sport.

Now, proposals within Formula One are very rarely met with unanimous support, but these proposals in particular have sparked some heated responses, particularly from Marchionne.

In a recent interview, Marchionne revealed his dismay at the proposals, while he even threatened the idea of Ferrari not competing, should these proposals go ahead.

"(F1) has been part of our DNA since the day we were born. It's not as though we can define ourselves differently."

He continued: "But if we change the sandbox to the point where it becomes an unrecognizable sandbox, I don't want to play anymore. I don't want to play NASCAR globally. I just don't.”

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F1 boss Chase Carey responds to Marchionne's comments

Marchionne's comments certainly turned some heads, one of those heads being none other than Formula One CEO Chase Carey.

Carey took a rather empathetic approach to Marchionne's comments, even insisting: "I don't think we have a differing view to Ferrari.

"We don't want to standardise the cars. We don't want 20 identical cars going round the track, and the only difference is the driver," he explained.

"But we want to make success dependent on how well you spend your resources within some constraints, versus how much you spend.

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"I think that's a healthier sport.

"And then those that can develop the technologies, develop the capabilities that are better than others, will enable them to succeed."

He continued to stress the importance of the proposed changes and how ultimately, it will be the sport and the fans who will benefit.

"Sports are built on the unexpected.

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"If somebody wins every race every week, at the end of the day, the sport's going to suffer.

"You need competition, you need the unknown, you need great finishes, you need great dramas. We've got to create that."

Carey's comments certainly suggest that the potential changes will improve the sport in the long-run, despite the uproar they seemed to have provoked from Marchionne and other Formula One teams.

Of course, these are simply proposals and there is still plenty of time for the actual engine guidelines to be decided. Guidelines that are undoubtably going to leave some very red faces amongst the sport.

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