The Formula One Times: BREAKING NEWS on Ferrari and the Special Agreement

The Formula One TimesCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2008

F1 Times, Dec. 20 edition, breaking news story!



Bernie Ecclestone has hit back at Luca Di Montezemolo after he said Bernie should quit and that the sport doesn't need a "dictator".

Many people have suspected that Ferrari receive special treatment on the grid, and Ecclestone has admitted, because of a deal in 2003 over Ferrari threatening to form a breakaway series, he had to buy Ferrari's loyalty.

This is what Ecclestone has said:

"The only thing he has not mentioned is the extra money Ferrari get above all the other teams and all the extra things Ferrari have had for years: the "general help" they are considered to have had in Formula One," Ecclestone is quoted in The Times.

"Ferrari get so much more money than everyone else. They know exactly what they get, they are not that stupid, although they are not that bright, either. They get about $80 million (about £54 million) more. When they win the Constructors' Championship, which they did this year, they got $80 million more than if McLaren had won it.

"They were the only team that broke ranks with the other manufacturers. Why did they break ranks?

"That's where the $80 million comes in. We "bought" Ferrari. We "bought" Ferrari's loyalty. Our deal with Ferrari was that we "bought" them so they would not go to the others."

So what many fans have suspected has always been true, is this the reason for so many steward investigations going Ferrari's way, is this and I quote "all the extra things Ferrari have had for the years...the general help", but not only do they get special treatment, they unfairly receive much more money than if McLaren or any other team wins the WCC.