Toys? Pram? Throw? Yes, after an unusually long time Ferrari are at it again.... Following a rather interesting conference call with Ferrari President and all round Italian Sergio Marchionne, the head man at the Scuderia has very strongly indicated that the Prancing Horse could well walk away from Formula One at the end of 2020 if the sport continues with what Marchionne considers to be a Liberty Media led vision that is not in keeping with the sporting ethos of the Italian brand. Ferrari were once rather famous for their often vocalised threats to walk away from Grand Prix racing if conditions were not to their liking, however since the post Todt / Brawn / Schumacher era the outfit have remained rather tight lipped on their long term future in the sport, seemingly willing to work more closely with their fellow teams to help bring both team and sport back to the very front of the motorsport world. Since the removal of the Ecclestone era and the apparent eroding of the Ferrari advantage on both technical and financial fronts, it looks like the famous red team are not adverse to returning to form and threatening to take their business elsewhere in the motorsport world. "Liberty has got a couple of good intentions in all of this, one of which is to reduce the cost of execution for the team, which I think is good" said Marchionne. "There are a couple of things we don't necessarily agree with. One of which is the fact that somehow powertrain uniqueness is not going to be one of the drivers of distinctiveness of the participants' line-up. I would not countenance this going forward. "The fact that we now appear to be at odds in terms of the strategic development of this thing, and we see the sport in 2021 taking on a different air, is going to force some decisions on the part of Ferrari. Quite how the partisan "tifosi" will feel with no representation of the red cars at the pinnacle of world motorsport remains to be seen, especially considering the Ferrari brand has been built on the back of their Formula One program and that the Italian team have been present in every season of Grand Prix racing since the series inception in 1950, however Marchionne appears to be adamant that the team could very well walk away from Formula One should conditions not be to the liking of the famous outfit: "I understand that Liberty may have taken these into account in coming up with their views, but I think it needs to be absolutely clear that unless we find a set of circumstances, the results of which are beneficial to the maintenance of the brand, and the marketplace, and to the strengthening of the unique position for Ferrari, Ferrari will not play" added the 65-year-old. Although no doubt a move away from Formula One would be controversial for the team, Marchionne went on to say that financially at least the manufacturer would actually be in a stronger position without the excessive budgets required to compete at the top level of the sport: "It would be totally beneficial to the P&L [profits and losses]," he said. "We would be celebrating here until the cows come home... "But if we change the sandbox to the point where it becomes an unrecognisable sandbox, I don't want to play any more. I don't want to play NASCAR globally, I just don't." Would Ferrari walk away from Formula One or is the latest quotes from the top brass merely a ploy to influence the regulations to the liking of the Italian team? Can the sport survive without Ferrari, and can Ferrari survive without Formula One? These are all questions that will be interesting to see unfold over the next few weeks and months.... For more Formula One news and discussion head over to our Formula One sub forum and get involved today! Like what you see here at RaceDepartment? Don't forget to like, subscribe and follow us on social media! RaceDepartment YouTube RaceDepartment Twitter RaceDepartment Facebook RaceDepartment Twitch RaceDepartment Instagram Do you thing the threat is real? Would Ferrari pull the plug on Formula One involvement if they don't get their way? Let us know in the comments section below!