Ferrari vice chairman and 10 percent owner Piero Ferrari has suggested the Maranello marque may tackle the fabled Indianapolis 500 in future.

Team boss Mattia Binotto recently admitted that the ever-lowering budget cap in Formula 1 means Ferrari is now "looking at Indycar".

"Ferrari feels a lot of social responsibility towards its employees and we want to be sure that for each of them there will be a workspace in the future," he said.

Now, Piero Ferrari - team founder Enzo Ferrari's only living son - has declared that his father would approve of a red car charging for Indy 500 victory.

"I have loved the 500 miles of Indianapolis ever since I saw Giampaolo Dallara's first victory there," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Ferrari already took part in this race with Alberto Ascari in 1952. Why not now?" said Ferrari.

"In the 1980s we had similar plans, but in the end we never realised them. I think that my father would be glad to see Ferrari win the Indianapolis 500," he added.

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10 F1 Fan comments on “Team co-owner says Ferrari eyeing Indy 500

  1. I can't remember

    What is Ferrari talking about? I would be very surprised to see Ferrari building or driving cookie cutter cars. The brand promotion isn't the same either in Indy cars compared to other racing. Ferrari would have to duplicate the proscribed chassis or buy them from Dallara, and maybe 1 other chassis builder. It would be hard to call the car a Ferrari if they don't build more of the bits, and forget individual aero and design. I don't see it happening.

    • ReallyOldRacer

      Good observation but let's face it. Most US Ferrari buyers don't know the difference between a Dallara and a forklift. Paint it red, put a horse on the side, call it a Ferrari and they're good.

      • I can't remember

        Have you made a survey to get your information. The rock stars and rappers may not know but people forking over that much money do know a lot more than you give them credit for. Do you know what the commitment is to own a Ferrari where even maintenance is over $5,000 a year minimum.

  2. sucherdamus

    Whose bright idea was it to have electric hybrid cars in F1? Do they really think that the millions of dollars wasted on their development really effects the average road car? This may have been the case in 1960,1970 and 1980, but no longer. Remember "racing improves the breed"? Enormous, wasteful expenses and much increased complexity and unreliability does not improve F1 racing or road cars one bit, and certainly does not save fuel. ...uh-oh, engine change penalty! Go to the back of the grid! And what do the teams actually pay annually for the specialized throw-away lithium batteries. How much energy and CO2 does it really take to develop and manufacture these things. For what purpose? Feel-good politics? The added, needless use of these things also greatly effects rear braking and turbo complexity, reliability, and performance. Cooling them, electrical shock danger to crews, gearing, turbo complexity, etc. all help add to crappy racing and to force drivers to become "systems managers" all driving at 70% instead of 95%. This is NOT racing. F1 cars now have their steering wheels and panels with a confusing array full of buttons, switches, lights, and graphics. Perhaps drivers should actually drive their race cars and not have to memorize inane, esoteric codes and then change settings 12 times per lap. Just let them actually race, just like they did in the 50's, 60's, '70s, and 80's.


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