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Kubica says F1 can live without Ferrari

FORMULA One will continue with or without Ferrari and the other car manufacturers, says BMW-Sauber's Robert Kubica.

Champion Ferrari has threatened to quit Formula One after an unbroken 60-year involvement if the governing body goes ahead with plans for a budget cap next year.

"It is not a long time ago that most of the teams were not big manufacturers and car companies. The car companies were delivering engines but the teams were run by privateers," Kubica said.

"If there is no Ferrari or no other car manufacturers, everyone will forget about them very quickly," said the 24-year-old Krakow native, who made his debut in 2006.

Kubica has still to get a point from five races this season after challenging for the championship last year.

"Of course, the picture will change," he added. "I remember when (Ferrari's seven-time champion) Michael (Schumacher) was retiring and everyone said Formula One will not be the same.

"And I think in a very short time, once the season started, nobody was thinking any more that out there there is no Michael, the races were still entertaining and very nice, so Formula One goes on."

Kubica was speaking before the teams met Max Mosley, head of the governing body, at the Monaco Grand Prix yesterday to try and reach a compromise on the 2010 regulations.

Meanwhile, a Spanish team run by former grand prix driver Adrian Campos submitted an entry for the 2010 Formula One championship yesterday, minutes after the application window opened.


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