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GP Week : Issue 35
> F1NEWS> andard engines they wished to race, Dennis was adamant that no such thoughts had been raised and that FOTA was only committed to finding a solution with the FIA. “It’s a very controversial question which I doubt you seriously expect me to answer,” he retorted. “We’ve made it very clear that the teams have a very clear objective which is to act in a unified manner and a measured way for the benefit of Formula 1 and we will do that and we’re very, very aware of everybody’s wishes, and we’re trying to address those wishes and work with everybody that’s involved in the process.” “So to ask such a controversial question and expect to receive anything other than the answer I’ve given is, I don’t think, realistic. There is no contentiousness in what we’re trying to achieve. “We’re trying to achieve meaningful cost-cutting and trying to do it in a way that still holds the values of Formula 1 and still presents to all the teams the right level of challenge that Formula 1 should represent.” The concept of a breakaway championship is not new, however. The engine manufacturers were, at one point at the turn of the millennium, united under the umbrella of the GPMA in an attempt to force change from a commercial perspective in Formula 1. There existed at the time a very real threat of those manufacturers breaking away and forming a rival championship to Formula 1. If the threat existed for commercial reasons, there is every reason to suppose that such a threat might exist for technical and sporting reasons as well. If the manufacturers lose their reason for racing in Formula 1 through the introduction of standardised engines, a final resort of a breakaway championship in which the manufacturers called the shots is a notion that has been mooted before, and could very well be mooted again. NEXT WEEK Don’t miss the Grand Finale issue of GPWEEK for 2009, including: The Best and Worst of 2008 in F1, MotoGP, WRC AND The GPWEEK Awards – as voted for by the stars of F1, MotoGP and WRC. Are you registered for our weekly ‘alert’email? It’s easy – just register via our home page (www.gpweek.com) and we alert you every time a new issue of GPWEEK is published.