Slowly, signs are emerging that the FIA and FOTA might reach a compromise.
The teams have proposed their own version of the budget cap, to which Mosley has replied offering concessions in other areas including, significantly, the rules by which the sport is governed. Might they finally crack a deal?
"He has told teams that he is prepared to discuss the FIA's International Court of Appeal, and also remove the controversial Appendix 5 to the 2010 Sporting Regulations. This latter element had angered teams, who feared that it gave the governing body carte blanche to impose whatever rules they wanted."
"Sources close to the FIA president suggested this could be a last chance for a settlement but inquiries by The Times indicate this is unlikely to be achieved. One senior figure in a Fota team said that Mosley’s offer was well-packaged but contained little that was new and little or no movement on the substantive issues. “I don’t think he’s moved at all, to be honest,” he said."
"Though Lola would not comment further on the matter, Autosport understands that owner Martin Birrane is hugely disappointed not to have received an entry given the work and effort his company had put in to proving it could be a legitmate [sic] and serious competitor."
"In the end, in a country in which most people are still struggling to grasp the concept of mini-roundabouts, to pour scorn on the best driver in the world for not being in charge of his vehicle seems a little churlish. Unlike those unfortunate Alberts, Button knows precisely what type of rocket he is getting into, what could go right, and what could go horribly wrong. He is no space monkey, so at least give him credit for that." Martin Samuel's take on the 'is F1 sport?" debate. (Hint: the answer is 'yes').
"The great thing is that [Button] had served a very long apprenticeship and now it's coming together. The thing that is really good for him, and I congratulate him on, is that he is not letting this go, he is staying focused."
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