Speaking to Sky Sport Italia on Thursday, the Ferrari team principal admitted that he’s exploring other racing categories around the world due to the budget cap that will be coming into Formula 1 in the very near future.
With the likelihood of some staff being made redundant, the Italian is looking at IndyCar with a view to potentially entering the American racing series in 2022.
"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.
"For this reason we have started to evaluate alternative programs, and I confirm that we are looking at IndyCar, which is currently a very different category from ours [Formula 1] but with a change of regulation scheduled in 2022 [IndyCar will be introducing hybrid engines to their series].
"We also observe the world of endurance racing and other series [as options].
"We will try to make the best choice."
What could the possible obstacles be?
Unlike Formula 1, IndyCar is much more like a spec series. Dallara has been the sole supplier of chassis in IndyCar for over a decade now – and the racing has consistently been close, safety improvements continue to be made and the championship has regularly gone down to the wire.
Ferrari is known for their independence when it comes to building engines and chassis, but the question is: If they did want to enter IndyCar down the line, would they be allowed to build their own chassis? That’s something they and the current teams in IndyCar will have to discuss.
With Honda and Chevrolet supplying engines in the series already, could Ferrari be the third team to give engines and would that improve their chances of getting approval to build their own chassis? Only time will tell if they do decide to take the plunge into the North American series.