Marchionne: "Haas-Maserati deal would be good"

Published on 18 Jan 2018 12:05

Sergio Marchionne has repeated his hint that a deal between Haas and Maserati could be on the cards. Last month, the Ferrari president sealed the deal on a title sponsorship between Fiat Chrysler brand Alfa Romeo and Sauber.

Now, Marchionne has his eyes on a similar tie-up, with talks between the Ferrari 'B team' Haas and Maserati said to be taking place. Italian reporters asked him at the Detroit auto show if he is thinking about sending Maserati into Formula E. "I'm not so sure. In terms of a possible cooperation, it is maybe better to try to organise a joint project with Haas in formula one," Marchionne answered. "It would be a good project."

He also said the next step for Alfa Romeo could be a move into Indycar, in partnership with Dallara. "We do not have much experience in American racing, but we are thinking about Indycar. Why not?" he said. "Giampaolo Dallara is an excellent specialist and the best Italian engineer in the motor sport industry," Marchionne added. (GMM)

Replies (13)
US ajpennypacker 18 Jan 2018 13:210
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And yet, he expects people to think his ridiculous threats to leave F1 were real.... Please
SE calle.itw 18 Jan 2018 14:320
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Its the same as Mercedes. "We might leave" *expands F1 facilities*. But could be Marchionne's way to strengthen his grip around F1, so that its impossible for the F1 bosses to not listen to him.
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This means nothing in terms of them leaving or not. If anything it gives them way more leverage, when negotiating with Liberty, as Calle says.
Not to mention the fact that IF they were to leave they would take 30% of the field with them. If Mercedes were to follow them as has been rumoured - They might as well change the name of F1 to Renault 1.6
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Soon Ferrari just needs RB and Mercedes on board if they want to setup a runaway replacement series. That would then quarantine 6 teams leaving to a new series pretty much forcing everyone else to follow.

Ok. Maybe not because setting up all revenue streams and promoter agreements would still take time and risk huge economical loses
BE krommenaas 19 Jan 2018 09:450
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If they would leave the teams would just be sold to new owners who would continue to race under a different name. It would be exciting actually, a return to the glory days of F1 before the big manufacturers swooped in.
SE calle.itw 19 Jan 2018 10:020
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They could sell them, or they could just kill them on the spot. That has been done before.
US mcbhargav 18 Jan 2018 16:200
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Good for F1, and better for Sergio.
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I understand Sergio trying to market / advertise his brands, but , the more appropriate collaboration would be Jeep-Haas
DK Jutlandia 18 Jan 2018 20:340
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Why not Chrysler-Haas or Dodge-Hass?
But then again, there's not much sport over the American brands.
SE calle.itw 18 Jan 2018 21:070
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Is Dodge still in that concern though? I could certainly see Chrysler Haas.
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So I was wondering how it was that Haas had seemingly been left in the cold after they refused the Ferrari juniors. Only one thing though, do you think Haas read about this ‘move’ the same time we did?
US ajpennypacker 19 Jan 2018 18:010
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In what way were they left in the cold? The partnership is still in place or am I missing something?
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Doesn't Maserati use Ferrari engines while HAAS use mercedes engines? Both are kind of Coach builders. I guess it would be more about the manufacturing and design capabiliities at Maserati.

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