Predictably, FOTA has reacted to Max Mosley’s attempt to undermine the June 24th deal by insisting it be honoured. I can’t imagine what other reaction Mosley might have expected from them, or what he think his options are if he fails to get the FOTA eight on board for 2010.
I can only conclude he’s playing for time, hoping that either FOTA will crack or one of the teams’ parent companies elects to withdraw them, giving him further justification to push for a budget cap. (Though some manufacturers may conclude the shambolic manner in which the FIA is managing the sport at present is sufficient cause to put their resources elsewhere).
Here’s the press release from FOTA and more details on that story and others.
"As endorsed by the WMSC and clearly stated in the FIA press statement of 24 June “the rules for 2010 onwards will be the 2009 regulations as well as further regulations agreed prior to 29 April 2009”. At no point in the Paris discussions was any requirement for unanimous agreement on regulations change expressed. To subsequently go against the will of the WMSC and the detail of the Paris agreement puts the future of Formula 1 in jeopardy."
"Some progress was made in terms of agreeing to scrap the specific budget cap rules introduced on April 29. However, the teams could not agree on a minimum weight limit for 2010, and there had also not been a sign-off of the legally binding agreement to reduce costs."
"'CVC was shocked at the comments made by Bernie Ecclestone on Saturday,' the private equity firm said. 'And we fully concur with the unreserved apology that was made by Mr Ecclestone yesterday.'" (via Vee8)
"There are times when being an F1 reporter is like being a radio operator, sending out messages about how things are going on a ship that has been out at sea for a long while. Well tonight this radio operator feels the need for a distress signal. The F1 ship is once again in great danger of foundering. God alone knows what is happening up on the bridge, but there is a bloody great hole in the bottom and unless someone starts behaving in a smarter manner than they have of late – and starts doing it very quickly indeed – the whole thing is going to sink without trace."
"The inter-war history of the sport was bound up to a disturbing degree with the rise of the far-right, particularly in Germany, and traits of the outlook remain to this day."
"A spokesman for Nürburgring GmbH, the company that runs the track, said Mr Ecclestone had called off a visit tomorrow after a phone conversation with organisers. No further explanation was given but none was needed: any kind of public approval of Hitler, however heavily qualified, is taboo in Germany. A newsreader, Eva Herman, had to leave a talk show and was later sacked for giving Hitler the credit for Germany’s autobahns."
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