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GP Week : Issue 49
… er? e Egos aside – it’s D-Day > F1NEWS> try list looms, just who mula 1 grid in 2010? CRUNCH time is only days away in this high- stakes stand-off between Formula 1’s existing teams and FIA President Max Mosley. From a distance, away from the F1 ‘bubble’, the sport’s observers, including this one, are shaking their heads. More than a tussle over budget caps and the 2010 F1 grid, this is now a fight to the death over the governance of Formula 1 – whether the FIA has (as it once did) carte blanche to run F1 as it (or as it appears, its President) sees fit, or whether the stake-holders, the teams, have a reasonable right to query the implementation – yet again at extraordinarily short notice – of massive changes to their mode of operation from 2010 onwards. The emergence of a number of so-called new teams – some of which don’t currently exist in any form (excluding genuine USF1 and possibly Prodrive and Lola) – is a joke. The current F1 teams will have more support than Mosley believes should the unthinkable happen and a breakaway series actually happen. As one of our readers suggests, few will flock Chris Lambden GPWeek Publisher so see a bunch of “Andrea Moda”kitset F1 cars running around. It would be a farce. Give me the long-time, historic F1 teams any day – official FIA championship or not. Egos must be put aside; an intelligent move, over time, to sensible F1 costs has to be agreed; and above all, the ‘governance’issue has to be resolved – competing teams do have a right to object to randomly-imposed changes of this ilk. It must be sorted, now. Otherwise the gains in public profile and enjoyment in what has been a terrific F1 season so far will have been wasted. But if the FIA doubts the pulling power of the current teams, as opposed to a mish-mash of no- name newcomers, albeit in an ‘official’ series, in the words of a classic (Aussie) movie The Castle, they’re dreamin’… opinion