F1 news: Ross Brawn issues Ferrari demand to Mercedes, Red Bull and co

The F1 strategy group met in London this week to discuss an array of topics as Liberty Media and the FIA look to develop the pinnacle of motorsport.

And one of the subjects up for debate is the way money F1 generates is split between the 10 teams which line up on the grid at each race.

Ferrari, the most successful team in the history of the sport, receive considerably more than the likes of Mercedes and Red Bull.

Managing Director of Motorsports Brawn, who was an integral part of Ferrari’s glorious stint in the 2000s, has has spoken out on their status as F1 teams lobby for a bigger slice of the pie.

“Ferrari is special,” Brawn told German outlet Auto Bild.

“The other teams must understand that the Scuderia must be treated with respect. But the balance has to be right.

“Because we will never attract new teams and manufacturers, if it is not financially attractive to win in Formula 1. I think Ferrari also recognised that.”

F1 teams currently receive 68 per cent of the revenue the sport generates each year.

While that figure is likely to increase, it remains to be seen which of the teams will benefit most.

Ferrari are battling this season to end a trophy-drought which stretches back to their 2008 World Constructors’ Championship success.

Former Benetton and Renault chief Flavio Briatore, though, does not see the Prancing Horse having much chance of securing glory.

“It will be very hard for them,” Briatore said, when asked about Ferrari’s hopes this season.

“Nothing has changed since last year. They had three months of winter to prepare the cars and Ferrari did not even close the gap to Mercedes.

“With Mercedes so strong, the only competition is between Hamilton and Bottas.

“To beat them, Ferrari needs to recover 8-9 tenths. I say Mercedes will continue to dominate.”

Ferrari will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing Australian Grand Prix when this weekend’s race takes place in Bahrain.

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