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Hill: Ferrari's 'special status' good for F1

Sunday 8th December 2013

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Hill: Ferrari's 'special status' good for F1

Hill: Ferrari's 'special status' good for F1

Former World Champion Damon Hill believes the extra power that Ferrari carry in Formula One is "fair enough" due to their longevity.

It is no secret that the Italian stable receives more prize money than other teams while its president Luca di Montezemolo also revealed in recent days that they hold veto power in terms of Bernie Ecclestone's successor.

While Ecclestone is keen to see Red Bull team principal Christian Horner replace him in the future, Di Montezemolo believes it is unlikely to happen.

Many feel it is unfair to have one team with so much power, but Hill accepts the reasoning behind it.

"Ferrari has always been an exception in this sport and there may be good reason for that," Hill told CNN.

"Personally, I don't see how you can have a free sport where one competitor has got a special status but there seems to be some sound marketing reason. Teams that have had longer commitment to the sport have got a greater say in the sport and that is fair enough.

"That is the power Ferrari has always had over the sport."

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