Max to F1 rebels: Start your own series
Thursday, 04 June 2009 00:00
Max to F1 rebels: Start your own series - F1 | ITV Sport
FIA president Max Mosley has made it clear that the governing body will stand its ground over its controversial 2010 budget cap plan and will not bow to the demands of the Formula One Teams‚Äô Association.
The nine active FOTA members ‚Äď all of the current F1 grid bar Williams ‚Äď submitted entries for the 2010 world championship last Friday, but said they were conditional on the planned budget cap being dropped and their influence over the rule-making process being restored via a new Concorde Agreement.
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali and Toyota‚Äôs F1 president John Howett have since issued statements emphasising the teams‚Äô resolve, with Domenicali declaring starkly that the nine entries would be ‚Äúinvalid‚ÄĚ if FOTA‚Äôs terms are not met.
After keeping his own counsel for several days, Mosley has now thrown down the gauntlet to the nine ‚Äėrebel‚Äô teams ‚Äď calling on them to set up their own championship if they are unhappy with F1‚Äôs current governance.
‚ÄúI say to them: If you want to make the rules, then go and organise your own championship,‚ÄĚ he told Swiss publication Motorsport Aktuell.
‚ÄúBut we have the Formula 1 championship. We draw up the rules for that.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve been doing that for 60 years and we will continue to do so.‚ÄĚ
One of FOTA‚Äôs conditions is for a new Concorde Agreement ‚Äď which would bind the signatory teams to F1 until 2012, but would also take rule-making power away from the FIA World Council ‚Äď to be signed by June 12, when the governing body will announce the successful 2010 entrants.
But Mosley says there is insufficient time to finalise a new agreement by that date: ‚ÄúYou cannot sign an agreement that was drawn up so late by June 12.‚ÄĚ
He also suggested FOTA‚Äôs conditions are a delaying tactic intended to keep out prospective new teams.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs quite clear that they want to slow down the process of application to the championship so that it will be too late for the new teams,‚ÄĚ he said.
A steady stream of new teams ‚Äď of varying degrees of credibility ‚Äď have confirmed that their intention to join F1 next year under the budget cap option, as has Williams; while the FIA insists that Ferrari is bound by contractual obligations to compete until 2012.
So although the united stance of the nine FOTA teams gives them a strong negotiating hand, the FIA is holding out the threat that they will lose their places on next year‚Äôs grid unless they drop their conditions and sign up to the regulations as they currently stand.