Ferrari is ‘denying’ because of the F1 budget cap negotiations, claims McLaren

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Retrieved 24 April 2020, 18:18 IST

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McLaren boss Jacques Brown

Opposing Ferrari’s reduction of the budget cap in Formula One, McLaren team president Jacques Brown has taken “almost a loss” and claimed that the Italian giants are “living in denial”.

The proposed budget cap will be introduced for the 2021 season and has already declined in the coronavirus epidemic.

McLaren is among the parties where the number could start declining further to ১০ 100 million, but Ferrari opposes the latest proposed change.

Scuderia boss Mattea Binotto told the Guardian this week that it was “not the time to react hastily” because of these decisions.

These comments provoked a surprising response from Brown, who suggested that the F1 didn’t really need to rush to defend the game’s future.

“I’m almost at a loss for what you’re saying,” Brown told reporters.

“I think we all recognize that in the modern age we are going through the biggest crisis in the world. You have shut down countries, shut down industries.

“In order not to rush into addressing what is happening, I think it is a critical mistake.

“It is living in denial and I think you will see that all the presidents or prime ministers or CEOs of the world are working in a hurry to address this issue.

“I think our time taken is a very weak leadership strategy.”

The 2020 F1 season is still in the midst of a global crisis, with all events until June 28 at the French Grand Prix – which have been pushed back – seem to be suspended or canceled.