Once Malaysia attains the “first world nation” status it’s been aiming to achieve since 1991 – although it’s still uncertain how – the Formula One powerhouse of the old world may be no more.
As eye-widening as it sounds, it looks likely to be a case of leaving the Lego build just because the bricks don’t fit. This follows after Liberty Media’s recent announcement where they have expressed intentions to level the playing field and balance revenue streams once the current agreement with Formula One teams run out by 2020.
Liberty Media, an American mass media company, who assumed 100% ownership of Formula One’s commercial rights after ousting long-time boss Bernie Ecclestone, had also dished out plans for cheaper and simpler engines. Talks could also be in place for the engines to be higher-revving, so as to bring back the theatrical drama of the sport.
Ferrari president, Sergio Marchionne has expressed concerns that not only could it change the playing field but may affect the essence of the sport; one that the longest participating carmaker in Formula One may not be willing to accept and as such, triggers the possibility that could see Ferrari “build their own playground” if we have read the lines in between correctly. This is exciting stuff!