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GP Week : Issue 39
> F1NEWS> Aussie GP boycott avoided Teams almost refused to pack their freight over FOA money dispute A UNILATERAL boycott of the Australian Grand Prix by the Formula 1 teams was avoided at the eleventh hour, following a dispute over monies apparently owed to them by the sport’s commercial rights holder. It was reported in the days preceding the race that John Howett, Flavio Briatore and Ron Dennis had informed Bernie Ecclestone that they would not be putting their freight on a flight to Melbourne until unpaid prize funds were settled. Ecclestone responded to the threat by stating in the press that “if they come in here with a gun and hold it to my head, they had better be sure they can f***ing pull the trigger. And they should make sure it’s 10 got bullets in it, because if they miss, they’d better look out.” FOTA subsequently issued a statement confirming that the threat from the three F1 team chiefs had reflected the “unified views of all FOTA members.” Formula One Administration followed this statement with one of their own, claiming that it had no relationship with FOTA as it dealt with the teams individually. Furthermore it claimed that, following the end of the current Concorde Agreement in 2007, all owed monies had been paid and that in the intervening period a number of individual contracts had been put in place with various teams to cover this area. Some teams, however, had yet to finalise their deals, “notwithstanding which FOA has made substantial payments to each of them on account of future prize fund entitlements they will have when they sign a contract, demonstrating FOA’s goodwill and intent to conclude a new arrangement with them.” With a boycott avoided and this issue apparently put to bed, rumour of a future threat of boycott has now surfaced over the Diffusergate issue … Ecclestone’s response to threats from the teams They should make sure it’s got bullets in it, because if they miss, they better look out ...