Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
Ferrari Threatens to Quit
It was only a matter of time. Whenever new regulations are proposed for F1, as they were this week for 2021, certain teams and manufacturers make a stink and threaten to quit the sport. This time, .
Now, we should say that Ferrari has made this threat about a gazillion times before and has never left F1, so it should be taken with a grain of salt.
The new regulations would make the powertrains a bit more homogenous across the board, and Ferrari, which is an engine company at its heart, isn't thrilled about that. Marchionne is at odds with Liberty Media (F1's owners) vision for the future of the sport, which he suggested was like a global NASCAR. Instead, he says that Ferrari is prepared to leave F1 in 2021. We'll believe it when we see it.
End of Electric Tax Credits?
The new GOP tax bill could be a real problem for Elon Musk's vision of an affordable electric future. The current tax bill in congress for electric vehicles, something that is key for many manufacturers trying to sell EVs at a lower price point.
Of course, this wouldn't eliminate EV sales, but it could prove to be a roadblock for cars like the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt if it passes.
In IndyCar, the champion has the choice to run number one. Josef Newgarden, the 2017 champion, is going to run the 1, as shown in this video.
Waymo Signs a Service Deal
Self-driving cars might be close to being on the road and in consumer's hands. Well, close-ish. Waymo, Google's self-driving car arm, has , America's largest chain of car dealers, to be the service partner for its fleet of autonomous cars.
This is necessary as Waymo wants to have autonomous cars on the road this fall (for its own fleet, not consumers), so it's going to need places to get them fixed when they do eventually reach the hands of the public.