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GP Week : Issue 48
>>GPWEEKOPINION t's over ... Now let’s not think for a moment that none of these teams will have been in touch with Mosley. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Max’s phone has been ringing off its hook with prospective new teams asking him what the hell was going on with the plans for a budget cap in 2010. Without it they couldn’t realistically enter F1. So what would Max’s response have been? That so many new teams have put their names forward can leave us with only one answer. He must have told them not to worry, that the budget cap would remain … in short, we can only assume he told them that FOTA would not win. Not for as long as he was in charge. And that is why this thing is nowhere near over. FOTA may think it’s been very clever with its block entry, but Max is fortifying his position and entrenching himself for battle. He is ready for the fight of his life, and one which could forever change the face of Formula 1. It is now becoming ever more likely that this war of political attrition will result in some very high profile casualties indeed. Awkward – Frank Williams arrives for the Monaco FOTA meeting , but days later broke ranks by entering for 2010 under FISA's terms ... nking puzzles Moto2 teams for the wheels, suspension and brakes: the usual suppliers will provide teams with the usual tackle. It could hardly be more fair. What it means is that, once you have swallowed the loss of the beautiful two-stroke 250s, and if you can come to terms with the fact that a one-make series can be given the status of a World Championship rather than being called a World Cup, there is going to be a lively and hugely competitive racing series with packed grids and the promise of very close competition. For this reason, one is obliged to think that Dorna might have a good plan here. But, and it’s a big but, Dorna seems to have lost the plot with regard to the last remaining and very vital component. Engines and electronics may be strictly controlled. But tyres will be free. Given MotoGP’s switch to control tyres this year, this is absolutely bizarre. It just doesn’t fit with the class. MotoGP changed because disparities of performance between Bridgestone and Michelin were having too much influence on the outcome of races and the championship. Why then introduce the same big bumps into a Moto2 playing field that has been deliberately bulldozed to be as level as can be? The basic thrust of Dorna’s long-term plan is clear enough. The aim is to restructure traditional bike GP racing to make it easier for the great unwashed to comprehend. At times in the past the smaller classes have been as important as the big one. They were the route into racing for the Japanese manufacturers. Reducing their importance favours MotoGP. This simplification brings bikes into line with car racing, where there is no doubt which class matters, and not a great deal of public interest in any formula less than F1. Throwing in a tyre factor does the opposite. It smacks of muddled thinking, and undermines any faith that might have been growing. We’re back to panic again, it seems. At least it’s a familiar feeling. 2