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GP Week : Issue 52
Just when you thought it was all settled ... Mosley u-turn thrusts F1 back into crisis ... T HE resolution of the meeting of the World Motor Sport Council on June 24, and the immediate future of Formula 1, has been thrust into confusion and chaos, with FIA President Max Mosley threatening to renege on an agreement for him not to seek re-election in October. The arguments between the FIA and FOTA over 2010 F1 regulations and the style of Mosley’s governance of the FIA had come to a head over the British Grand Prix weekend, with FOTA threatening to set up their own rival championship next season. A meeting between Mosley, FOTA President Luca di Montezemolo, and F1’s commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone in Paris on the eve of the WMSC meeting, however, appeared to have resolved the outstanding issues. The F1 teams agreed to sign up to F1 until 2012 and re-sign the Concorde Agreement. The 2009 regulations would stay in place and the £40 million budget cap would be scrapped in favour of FOTA’s own cost cutting initiatives. New teams would gain support from existing teams through the sharing of information and technology. In return for the FOTA teams dropping their threat to set up a rival championship, Mosley agreed to not seek re-election as FIA President in October. It was a resolution that appeared to appease all parties. However, in the immediate aftermath of the WMSC and the ensuing press briefings, Mosley became unhappy with the manner in which the agreement was announced and portrayed, in particular with FOTA’s alleged air of victory and suggestions that [FIA Senate President] Michel Boeri would take over Mosley’s dealings with F1. “Given your and FOTA’s deliberate attempt to mislead the media, I now consider my options open,”wrote Mosley in a letter to Luca di Montezemolo. “At least until October, I am president of the FIA with the full authority of that office.” Mosley was also annoyed with di Montezemolo’s claims that his reign had been dictatorial, and he called for an immediate apology. “If you wish the agreement we made to have any chance of survival, you and FOTA must immediately rectify your actions. You must correct the false statements which have been made and make no further such statements.” The letter was sent to di Montezemolo as FOTA representatives met to discuss the future of Formula 1, and means by which the sport could be made more appealing to its fans. In the press conference following the meeting, no apology was forthcoming from FOTA, who took the opportunity to call for an independent FIA President. “From the teams’point of view, we would like to see someone who actually is independent,”said FOTA Vice President John Howett. “Perhaps independent from any of us currently, or historically. The federation covers much more than just motorsport. It is involved in worldwide touring and from the position of the manufacturers, they would wish to have somebody that was able to represent appropriately the requirements of worldwide motorists as well as purely focusing on the sport.” Mosley retorted in a letter to FIA members that the Federation required a strong President, and in a letter to the WMSC Mosley admitted that the Wednesday agreement was now in serious doubt. “We face a difficult period. This may well result in short-term problems in Formula 1. It is possible that FOTA will set up an independent series.” Despite calls from di Montezemolo for an end to the politics and polemics, Mosley went back on the offensive over the weekend, in an interview with British newspaper, The Mail on Sunday. “They [FOTA] made the mistake of dancing on my grave before I was buried,” he is quoted as saying. “It’s no good the teams getting a PR agency to claim I am dead and buried when I am standing here as large as life. I am under pressure now from all over the world to stand for re-election.” Formula 1 is therefore back to where it was last week. Nothing has been resolved.