I’ve been at Silverstone today, keeping up with developing events via the tannoys, Twitter and the gigantic comments thread on the “teams to split” article.
Of all the developments, perhaps the most significant is the news that several teams who had submitted applications for 2010 are now either cancelling them or siding with FOTA. N Technology are among the most scathing (see below).
If the FIA cannot even keep these teams on side, how can it expect to put a serious list of competitors together for 2010? This, more than any ‘legal advice’ must be the real reason behind their decision not to publish an entry list tomorrow…
"With much regret, taking into consideration the highly questionable process conducted by the FIA, which is affected by many irregularities, and the uncertainties regarding the 2010 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the MSC board decided last night to withdraw its application, as Team N.Technology, under the new regulations allowing entry of 'capped budget' teams. MSC believes that through its wrong actions and objectionable management methods, the FIA severely hurt MSC's efforts to become a new team and undermined the Formula 1 sport, taken as a whole."
"Preparations for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship continue but publication of the final 2010 entry list will be put on hold while the FIA asserts its legal rights."
Ross Brawn: "At the present time there is a very difficult relationship between the teams whose, I think, genuine ambition is not to take over Formula One but the teams have a massive investment in Formula One and they want their investment respected. Formula One doesn’t belong to the teams. I don’t believe it belongs to Formula One. It belongs to the people. Formula One belongs to all of us. It is not something which is owned by anybody. It is like the Olympic Games, the World Cup. It is an entity in itself. It needs respecting and nurturing and it needs to be developed."
"A prime motivating force behind the breakaway is a desire to escape the clutches of Max Mosley. If so, it’s a pretty drastic move and illustrates better than anything we’ve seen so far the strength of feeling against the man."
"Typical of what I am trying to say is that the reason no-one has stood against Balestre until now – since the days of Basil Tye [The chairman of the RAC in 1981] – is not that everyone agrees with him, that there’s no-one there who thinks they could do the job better. It’s because they fear – rightly or wrongly – that the consequences could be adverse. That’s completely wrong." Max Mosley in 1991
"It is time for Max to go, it is time for Bernie to go. We need younger, saner people running the sport or soon we will have no sport at all."
"The announcement should not be seen as a move to damage Formula 1. This is, instead, a long-overdue rejection of the authoritarian leadership of Max Mosley and the greed of Bernie Ecclestone."
"This weekend in Silverstone rumours abounded that after a host of Silverstone-spec upgrades left his RB05 with a duck-like front end, Vettel had renamed the car Daisy, in tribute to the cartoon girlfriend of Disney character Donald Duck."
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