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GP Week : Issue 44
> F1NEWS> It’s on: FIA versus Ferrari ... Budget cap row sparks war of words between former allies WITH McLaren and the FIA in the midst of a comparative love-in as relations between the former warring parties soften in light of a perceived new order at the team, Formula 1’s governing body has refocused its attention onto former McLaren ally Ferrari in the wake of the team’s abject rejection of the 2010 budget cap. While McLaren and Williams both expressed their worries over the potential for Formula 1 to be turned into a two- tier sport, it was Ferrari that expressed its doubts in the most vehemently aggressive manner. “There are doubts as to whether or not two categories of teams should be created, which will inevitably mean that one category will have an advantage over the other and that the championship will be fundamentally unfair and, perhaps, even biased,”Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo wrote in a letter to FIA President Max Mosley. Mosley, however, repeated in kind, signalling that not only were the plans for 2010 the only way to avoid the sport disappearing up its own financial exhaust pipe, but, incredibly, that if Ferrari was so opposed to the ideas put in place for the sport in 2010, Formula 1 could survive without Ferrari. “The sport could survive without Ferrari,” Mosley is reported to have said. “It would be very sad to lose Ferrari. It’s the Italian national team. But the cost cap is here to stay. “I hope, and think, that when a team goes to its board and says, ‘I want to go to war with the FIA, because I want to be able to spend £100m more than the FIA want me to spend’, the board will say ‘Why can’t you spend £40m if the other teams can do it?” Round 1 to Max. New Formula 2 to kick off this week THE all-new Formula 2 Championship makes its first public showing this week as the championship’s first group test, which began as GPWeek went to press, takes place at the Snetterton circuit in the UK. The championship’s second group test is scheduled to take part on May 18 at Silverstone in preparation for the inaugural round of the championship at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, at the end of the month. The FIA announced last week that the inaugural Formula 2 championship in 2009 will feature a light tweak to its points scoring system in that drivers will be able to drop their worst two race results. With eight rounds and 16 races in total, the championship will therefore be decided by a driver’s best 14 results. 10