Reports in Italy suggest that Mercedes are unimpressed with Ferrari’s decision not to veto the new rules for 2021.
New sporting, technical and financial regulations have been voted through to be introduced into F1 from the 2021 season, aimed at making the series more competitive and affordable.
Ferrari are the only team on the grid with the power to veto any such changes to the regulations, and they along with Mercedes, Red Bull and Haas were reportedly concerned by the new rules that were proposed.
But, the Scuderia chose not to use their veto and supported the changes, and this has reportedly left Mercedes with a sour taste in their mouths.
Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Andrea Cremonesi wrote: “Mercedes is not convinced by the new rules and most of all is peeved because Ferrari didn’t set up a fight against the changes.
“Even without the right of veto that would have set a legal cause between Liberty and Ferrari, Mercedes expected that at least Ferrari could have said no to the new rules in the World Council.
“Instead Ferrari approved the new rules probably because they were happy about the new commercial agreement and that they still kept the right of veto and have for this reason broke the “partnership” with Red Bull and Mercedes.”
Cremonesi goes on though to state that the “DNA” of Ferrari tells a clear story of why Mercedes shouldn’t be surprised.
“But maybe Red Bull and Mercedes have forgot that in the DNA of Ferrari there is this tendency to always be in favor of the FIA,” he explained.
“Let’s remember that in 2013 it was Ferrari who were first to sign the deal with Bernie Eccletstone. But if on the new rules Mercedes couldn’t do that much, now they are pushing on the commercial deal.
“It’s not for the money, they say, but it’s more to recognise the key role that Mercedes had in the last 25 years in F1 (let’s not forget they came back 25 years ago when they provided the engine to Sauber).
“Not only did they dominate the last six years, but they also helped to grow the brand globally thanks also to Lewis Hamilton.
“Without this new commercial deal rumours are suggesting Mercedes could leave F1. Not completely, as they still have deals with other teams so maybe the Mercedes team will leave but they will still provide the engine as they still have two big deals in place with Williams and McLaren.
“But would it make sense to leave F1 but still provide the engines to others teams? No, the impression is that these rumors about Mercedes possibly leaving Formula 1 in 2021 are made for the propose to scare Liberty and convince them to offer a better deal to Mercedes.”