Ferrari have power to veto Horner’s appointment to top F1 job

Bernie Ecclestone with Christian Horner

Bernie Ecclestone with Christian Horner

Ferrari‘s political power in the realms of Formula 1 extends even to the choice of Bernie Ecclestone’s eventual successor at the helm of the sport.

Amid his legal troubles surrounding the Gerhard Gribkowsky corruption scandal, 83-year-old Ecclestone recently named Red Bull team boss Christian Horner as his preferred potential successor.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, however, dismissed Horner’s naming as a “joke”.

“As the years go by, he (Ecclestone) more and more enjoys making jokes and I’m happy he still has the desire to do so,” he told Italian television Rai.

In the same interview, Montezemolo confirmed for the very first time long-standing paddock reports that Ferrari has the unique ability to “veto” proposed changes by Ecclestone and the governing FIA.

“We are the only team with the right of veto,” he said. “More political weight than that is impossible! We are aware of our strength in Formula 1, which without us, would be completely different.”

Now, in an interview published by CNN, Ecclestone has played down his comments about Horner, arguing that he only mentioned his 40-year-old friend because he was “walking past” at the time.

Ecclestone told the Formula 1 business journalist Christian Sylt: “Firstly CVC would never agree [to Horner’s appointment] and secondly, Ferrari would have a say.” (GMM)

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  • lol

    So much power and manipulation yet 2-3 teams are doing a better job. Must be embarrassing.

  • Hawk


  • Red Bull Cheats

    @lol, sorry mate but Ferrari were 2nd in the WDC this year and twice in the last 4 years came into the last race of the season with a chance to win the title. Therefore I’m not sure what you are basing your criticism of them on.

  • StevetheGreat

    Of course Ferrari do… They are the biggest cheaters in the history of the sport!

  • captain tortuga

    with all the controversy around the RB’s the last few years, we would almost forget why it is called the FIArrari..

  • AFA

    May I just ask why Ferrari has veto power while other teams don’t and why the other teams keep quiet, at least publicly, about this?

  • Taskmaster

    Of course the superficial story is a complete media fabrication. Horner has not been offered the position, Bernie has not even proposed appointing him. It was an off-hand comment, nothing more. The kids now charged with F1 reporting can’t tell the difference between reality and fantasy, so they loose their water at the very slightest twitch and twitter. As far as Ferrari having veto rights, it’s there exclusively. It’s a farce that has been around since 2005 along with Ferrari being gifted the largest part of the team payout pie. Sorry to all those conspiracy theorists, it is Ferrari that has the real power in F1 and the FIA – by contract. Whenever a story breaks about all teams voting and agreeing – except one – and the proposal dies – it was Ferrari that did the killing.

  • lol

    redbullche, mercedes was 2nd this year…

    rbr and mercedes KO’d ferrari so much that you seem to have gone blind.

  • matthew

    Honestly…. did anyone NOT know ferrari has a veto? Common knowledge, this article is almost as uninformative as the one where newey says the 14 red bull is a cousin to the 13! come on gp24/7… you’re much better than these 2 lame articles.