Dec.18 - Sergio Marchionne, the Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler chief, says he is still urging his Volkswagen counterpart to consider entering formula one.
"I know Carlos Ghosn," said Marchionne, "and how much he had to realign himself to the reality of the Renault team that won the titles in the mid 2000s," said the Italian-Canadian at Ferrari's recent Christmas celebrations.
But he said more carmakers should now follow that example.
"For example, I've always encouraged the CEO of Volkswagen to enter," said Marchionne. "For the largest automobile company in the world to not be competing is a bit strange.
"If others come in, it would be good for the sport, good for them, good for us. I also must not minimise the presence of Honda.
"I think they were so focused on giving the engine to (McLaren supremo Ron) Dennis who is a person who leaves not a lot of room. That they had difficulties is a shame but they also have the ability to return to winning," he added.
"That Ghosn is coming in with Lotus now is important," said Marchionne.
"In short, a bit of balance would have been better," he said. "I certainly do not blame Horner, but we must be fair in our assessment."