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F-1 is Facing its Worst Crisis in 60 Years

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Sunday, 21 June 2009 19:46
F-1 worst crisis in its 60 years of history

F-1 was plunged friday into the worst crisis in its 60 years of history when eight teams announced their intention to secede and create their own championship and the International Automobile Federation (FIA) said it would take action.

The FOTA (Association of the F1 teams) said that BMW-Sauber, Brawn, Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull, Renault, Toro Rosso and Toyota are united in a decision that could split the F1 if it goes ahead.

"(...) The teams have no choice but to begin preparing a new championship that reflects the values of its participants and partners," said FOTA in a statement issued in the British Grand Prix.

The FIA had yesterday as the deadline for registration for the 2010 championship at risk of exclusion for potential new entrants.

The institution said it can not allow teams to dictate the rules and accused the Ferrari and FOTA breach of contract. "The FIA will initiate legal proceedings without delay," he added.

The eight teams were registered subject to the rules of 2010, including the controversial budget ceiling, which were amended and signed a new trade agreement.

The intent of both parties to reach an agreement failed, accusing the FIA teams earlier in the week of wanting to take control of F1.

Mosley optimistic. The directors of the teams said that the ball is now in the realm of the FIA president, Max Mosley, and that the head of the commercial F-1, Bernie Ecclestone, it would also have a special role to play if we want to avoid the division .

Mosley told the BBC that he expects the storm is over.

"Always with these things at the end there is a commitment, because they can not afford not to run in the world championship of the F-1," said Mosley.

"They will find it very difficult to keep things running, so it could go one or two, maybe three teams (...) We have new equipment to fill the space, but the big traditional teams, including Ferrari need to be, and they will be there, "he said. The new FOTA that competition would encourage more participants, would hear the wishes of fans and have a transparent management. He has also promised to reduce ticket prices to the public.

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