Things in the F1 breakaway world are intensifying as we count down to yet another potentially decisive moment, the FIA world motor sport council meeting tomorrow morning in Paris.
Against a backdrop of eight of the current F1 teams wishing to break away and signs of a lack on confidence from some of the proposed new teams, everyone is waiting to see whether there will be some kind of attempt to oust FIA president Max Mosley, or indeed any kind of attempt by the WMSC to get the FOTA teams to re-engage. If nothing is forthcoming then FOTA’s preparations for 2010 will continue apace.
The Italian contingent at the WMSC will be closely watched; there are three of them, including Luca di Montzemolo, the Ferrari and FOTA president, Enrico Gelpi as well as Gino Macaluso, who represents the karting world.
On the face of it, this is a scheduled meeting of the WMSC and it was due to ratify the entry list for 2010. When Mosley announced on Friday that he was launching a legal action against FOTA, the entry list was put on hold. Mosley said on Sunday that he has dropped the legal action and he refers to preparing the legal action in his letter. Nevertheless, the question may well come up tomorrow about who is on the entry list.
Mosley is going to have to be nimble, he’s well aware of the teams position that there can be no deal to bring them back into the FIA series unless he is replaced and today he wrote a letter to the member clubs of the FIA, essentially the people who have a vote, which I have seen this afternoon.
It states that FOTA’s purpose is to take over the FIA’s regulatory function in Formula 1 and quotes the recent communication from the European Car industry association (ACEA) which complained about the lack of transparency in the FIA’s governance.
“Over recent weeks it has become increasingly clear that one of the objectives of the dissident teams is that I should resign,” said Mosley.
“It is for the FIA membership, and the FIA membership alone, to decide on its democratically elected leadership, not the motor industry and still less the individuals the industry employs to run its Formula One teams.”
In the letter Mosley adds that he now intends to stand for another term, which will only strengthen the resolve of the FOTA teams.
He has made concessions since FOTA announced its breakaway. In a surprising change of heart he said, that there does not have to be a budget cap, but a substantial reductions in costs.
At the moment, it looks like the momentum is with FOTA, who will be looking for something from the world council to make them change their minds. If that is not forthcoming, a better share of the revenues from the sport might be put on the table, but if the governance structure remains the same, then their main reason for going their own way remains.