Motor racing god Mario Andretti would like to see Italian car manufacturer Ferrari be part of the North American Indycar series as a chassis and engine supplier.
Andretti, one of the drivers to claim both the Formula One and IndyCar drivers championships, stated in an interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport on Sunday that IndyCar series owner Roger Penske and Ferrari principal Mattia Binotto should get together to discuss a collaboration.
Andretti’s function in IndyCar is now largely ambassadorial however he remains a fixture on the circuit working with son Michael, also a former F1 and IndyCar driver who now operates numerous racing teams along with IndyCar, Indy Lights and Formula E.
Presently IndyCar has two engine suppliers, Chevrolet and Honda, while Dallara builds the chassis for all teams.
Bringing Formula One’s glamour crew into the IndyCar picture might be more than just fanciful pondering from Andretti with Ferrari resisting new FIA funds caps that could result in the lack of hundreds of jobs on the Maranello based operation.
Formula One teams have agreed to lower the 2021 budget limit from the $175 million set in the regulations to $145 million, but some are pushing for additional cuts to reflect the global financial disaster caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some other groups are keen on a figure closer to $100 million but Ferrari, the sport’s oldest and most successful team, oppose further cuts.