Ross Brawn believes F1 needs to find a "solution" that keeps Ferrari in the sport but without giving them special treatment.
The former Ferrari technical boss is now part of Formula 1's hierarchy, handed the role of sporting boss by new owners Liberty Media.
As such Brawn is playing an integral role in deciding the sport's future, and it is one that he hopes will have Ferrari in it.
The Scuderia have threatened to quit in recent months, unhappy with Liberty's proposals for the future.
Brawn told Auto Motor und Sport: "They are very important and I carry them in my heart.
"I worked for them for ten years.
"Ferrari is an icon and I hope we will find a solution that will work for everyone.
"A great sport is great for everyone and we do not want Ferrari to leave."
However, asked whether Ferrari deserve 'special treatment', he replied: "The sport should be fair for all participants. I think that includes Ferrari.
"Yes it's true that Ferrari has a veto right, but to my knowledge they never used it. Perhaps they waved it around."