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GP Week : Issue 50
> F1NEWS> Car manufacturers throw weight behind FOTA debate This development places enormous additional pressure on the FIA and Mosley, involving as it does such a broad number of constituent car manufacturers. The hardening of FOTA’s stance was confirmed in a press conference at the 24 Heures de Mans, at which FOTA President Luca di Montezemolo made his boldest call to arms yet, claiming that if the system of governance at the FIA did not change, then FOTA could and would start its own rival championship. The ironic thing in all this, however, is that in standing his ground against FOTA, Max Mosley may have strengthened his position within FIA circles. FOTA’s calls for a new system of governance within a body which is undergoing a renewed feeling of confidence in the strength of its leader, may well fall on deaf ears … LATE last week, an urgent board meeting of the European Automobile Manufacturers’Association, which incorporates 15 of the continent’s major motor companies, issued a strong statement in support of FOTA’s call for improved governance of Formula 1. ACEA members include BMW, DAF Trucks, Daimler, FIAT, Ford of Europe, GM Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, MAN Nutzfahrzeuge, Porsche, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Renault, Scania, Toyota Motor Europe, Volvo and Volkswagen. Its subsequent statement pulled no punched: “Today, the members of the Board of the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association discussed the current situation prevailing in Formula 1, and have concluded that the current governance system cannot continue. ACEA has come to the conclusion the FIA needs a modernised and transparent governance system and processes, including the revision of its constitution, to ensure the voice of its members, worldwide motorsport competitors and motorists are properly reflected. “The ACEA members support the activities and objectives of the Formula One Teams’ Association to establish stable governance, clear and transparent rules which are common to all competitors to achieve cost reductions including a proper attribution of revenues to the F1 teams, in order to deliver a sustainable attractive sport for the worldwide public. “Unless these objectives are met, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault and Toyota, along with the other teams, are determined to find an alternative way to practice this sport in a manner which provides clarity, certainty of rules and administration, and a fair allocation of revenues to the competing teams.” The message is clear. The FIA must re- think its hard-line entry criteria, or the manufacturers will go. The pressure on the FIA, and Mosley’s leadership, is ballooning.