The talks between Ferrari and IndyCar over an engine supply deal by the Italian team have ended. Despite this, the boss of the series still thinks there is a possibility to find a third manufacturer.
Eight months ago, Ferrari Team Principal, Mattia Binotto revealed a possible entry in the American series. These talks though were ceased by Italian sources last December. Some rumours suggested that the Scuderia was not going to participate in the IndyCar series.
Roger Penske, owner of IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, kept on saying that the talks were not over, but finally, Mattia Binotto confirmed that the possibilities to see Ferrari competing in the American open-wheel series was not real.
Speaking to Speedweek, he said: “After our negotiations, we came to the conclusion that we would not be joining IndyCar [in the short-term future].
“In the medium and long term, however, this option is possible. But right now we want to focus on Formula 1.”
After this statement, IndyCar told Autosport they “remain excited about the 2023 implementation of a 2.4-litre, twin-turbo V6 engine with hybrid technology.”
“The response from manufacturers has been very positive as we continue to discuss the addition of another OEM. The series has cast a wide net with that goal.”
“Those conversations are ongoing as we remain optimistic about bringing another manufacturer – or manufacturers – into our sport.”
The implementation of the new engine was due to happen in 2022, but because of the ongoing pandemic, the rules have been pushed forward by one year. This decision was also made in order not to make the teams spend too much money in a difficult situation like this one. Moreover, IndyCar also confirmed the extension of the contract with the two current engine suppliers, Honda and Chevrolet.