F1 to split in two as FOTA teams announce their own world championship

2009 F1 season

Australia 2009: The beginning of the end for F1?

Australia 2009: The beginning of the end for F1?

F1 has moved a step closer to splitting in two as the eight FOTA teams have announced they are to form their own racing series.

Autosport reports that Ferrari, McLaren, Renault, BMW, Toyota, Brawn GP, Red Bull and Toro Rosso are to create their own series independent of Formula 1.

Update: FOTA press release added

This leaves next year’s Formula 1 championship with only five confirmed teams: Williams, Force India, Manor, USF1 and Campos. However the FIA is understood to have several other teams ‘in reserve’ to fill up the grid. These may include the likes of Prodrive and Epsilon Euskadi, but not Lola who withdrew their 2010 application earlier this week.

According to Autosport the teams announced:

The teams cannot continue to compromise on the fundamental values of the sport and have declined to alter their original conditional entries to the 2010 World Championship.

These teams therefore have no alternative other than to commence the preparation for a new Championship which reflects the values of its participants and partners. This series will have transparent governance, one set of regulations, encourage more entrants and listen to the wishes of the fans, including offering lower prices for spectators worldwide, partners and other important stakeholders.

Formula 1 splitting into two is the worst possible outcome of the FIA-FOTA negotiations which have dragged on for months. If this split comes to pass it will likely deal a devastating blow not just to F1, but the wider motor racing world.

We now face the prospect of a divided world championship in 2010, with neither of the two resulting series enjoying the strength that Formula 1 has accumulated in its 60-year history. At a time of such economic turmoil, it is a desperate course of action to take.

Update: Press release from FOTA:

Since the formation of FOTA last September the teams have worked together and sought to engage the FIA and commercial rights holder, to develop and improve the sport.

Unprecedented worldwide financial turmoil has inevitably placed great challenges before the F1 community. FOTA is proud that it has achieved the most substantial measures to reduce costs in the history of our sport. In particular the manufacturer teams have provided assistance to the independent teams, a number of which would probably not be in the sport today without the FOTA initiatives.

The FOTA teams have further agreed upon a substantial voluntary cost reduction that provides a sustainable model for the future. Following these efforts all the teams have confirmed to the FIA and the commercial rights holder that they are willing to commit until the end of 2012.

The FIA and the commercial rights holder have campaigned to divide FOTA. The wishes of the majority of the teams are ignored. Furthermore, tens of millions of dollars have been withheld from many teams by the commercial rights holder, going back as far as 2006. Despite this and the uncompromising environment, FOTA has genuinely sought compromise.

It has become clear however, that the teams cannot continue to compromise on the fundamental values of the sport and have declined to alter their original conditional entries to the 2010 World Championship. These teams therefore have no alternative other than to commence the preparation for a new Championship which reflects the values of its participants and partners.

This series will have transparent governance, one set of regulations, encourage more entrants and listen to the wishes of the fans, including offering lower prices for spectators worldwide, partners and other important stakeholders. The major drivers, stars, brands, sponsors, promoters and companies historically associated with the highest level of motorsport will all feature in this new series.

Note to Eds: Statement issued by FOTA on behalf of BMW-Sauber, BrawnGP, Scuderia Ferrari, McLaren- Mercedes, Red Bull Racing, Renault, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Toyota.

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607 comments on F1 to split in two as FOTA teams announce their own world championship

  1. Striay said on 19th June 2009, 16:12

    This is not the end! FIA = will take legal action
    Bernie Eccelstone = will take legal action (as he has mentioned before)
    AS long as Kimi and Ferni are in the championshi im well happy!

    • mp4-19b said on 19th June 2009, 16:39

      can fans sue max & bernie for causing a worldwide hysteria? i don’t mind spending a few bucks for a deserving cause.

  2. mp4-19b said on 19th June 2009, 16:24

    can i sue max & bernie under some medical act?? its cuz of them i’ve developed severe headache. i want some legal advice as to how to sue these 2 idiots. any help would be welcome. the attorney arguing my case will get 50% of the loot. i promise .

  3. luky said on 19th June 2009, 16:39

    max is falling with no dignity at all.

    • mp4-19b said on 19th June 2009, 16:43

      its gravity thats pulling him down, not dignity. alas all of us have to obey the laws of Newtonian physics,including max. hope max tries to defy the laws of physics, the results will be funny!! he’ll try i suppose, never shy to venture into the unknown our maxie. really funny man.

  4. ajokay said on 19th June 2009, 16:50

    So which of the new teams on the F1 reserve list will be first to jump ship and put in an application for the Teams Association World Championship?

    Oooooh bugger… I just thought. Poor Codemasters. They won’t know what textures to make for their 2010 PS3 & 360 game, if any!

    • scunnyman said on 20th June 2009, 7:36

      I had been thinking the same thing Ajokay. And i bet they have spent a ton of money on it already and paid Bernie or max loads too.

    • scunnyman said on 20th June 2009, 7:52

      I also think that the TEAMS ASSOCIATION WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP is agreat idea to name the new series if it gets off the ground.

      You should send an email with that idea to FOTA.

  5. Hallard said on 19th June 2009, 16:50

    This is insane. Whether or not you think its a good thing (and I sure dont), it is clear that Max Mosley is responsible for driving the teams out of the sport. Im afraid that the split will be destructive, but I’m cautiously optimistic about the breakaway series. The question that remains now is, why has Bernie been so conservative with his words throughout this war? Maybe he had a stroke over losing Ferrari, and no one has noticed yet…

  6. rob said on 19th June 2009, 16:52

    I cant wait for the first race of the new Series :D

    I’m petty sure its gonna rock!

  7. Xibi said on 19th June 2009, 17:55

    It’s a blessing in disguise in my opinion. The sport has been going downhill for quite some time and some damage which has been done is irreparable. The persons responsible for this should hang their head in shame.

  8. mp4-19b said on 19th June 2009, 18:05

    i dunno how max is able to sleep at nights?

    • steve said on 19th June 2009, 18:17

      He likes to feel the pain I guess :)

    • scunnyman said on 20th June 2009, 8:06

      Max Mosley is a SOCIOPATH….they have no scruples, no feelings and certainly don’t care about anybody or anything other than themselves. One form is Dissocial personality Disorder.

      Callous unconcern for the feelings of others and lack of the capacity for empathy.
      Gross and persistent attitude of irresponsibility and disregard for social norms, rules, and obligations.
      Incapacity to maintain enduring relationships, though having no difficulty in establishing them.
      Very low tolerance to frustration and a low threshold for discharge of aggression, including violence.
      Incapacity to experience guilt and to profit from experience, particularly punishment.
      Marked proneness to blame others or to offer plausible rationalizations for the behavior bringing the subject into conflict.
      Persistent irritability

      Glibness/superficial charm
      Grandiose sense of self-worth
      Pathological lying
      Cunning/manipulative
      Lack of remorse or guilt
      Emotionally shallow
      Callous/lack of empathy
      Failure to accept responsibility for own actions

      Do any of the above description remind you of a certain Mr M????????

      • mp4-19b said on 20th June 2009, 16:15

        those were powerful words!! it’ll knock down anybody!!

      • mp4-19b said on 20th June 2009, 16:34

        “Pathological lying” never ever have i come across such a term.lol!! has it anything to do with bacteria & parasites that max carries along with him?

  9. mp4-19b said on 19th June 2009, 18:05

    he’s at risk of subjecting himself to eternal damnation from god. but i guess the man is so lost in emptiness that he doesn’t give a damn about god.damnation to hell is what max deserves for his sins, and only by the grace of God can he atone for his sins and escape damnation. so i to pray god to show him mercy, & show him the right way forward. god help up & formula one.

    • steve said on 19th June 2009, 18:19

      God is to busy on Sunday to waste his time watching F1 – maybe he records it and watches during the week.

  10. mp4-19b said on 19th June 2009, 18:06

    i would feel guilty of treachery. max’s lost his soul, its good time for him to do some soul searching

  11. Alex Cooper said on 19th June 2009, 18:15

    To me, this photo from GPUpdate (Sutton) says it all. Bernie looking suspiciously out of (race) control…

  12. steve said on 19th June 2009, 18:15

    From Autosport: <>

    Of course the deal will be done so putting the BRDC in a pickle. The Breakaway series has either no British Grand Prix or something awful at Rockingham or something. No Monaco Grand Prix, no Spa – are you still going to watch.

    Hey we could have the Birmingham Superprix the ‘Monaco of the Midlands’ back

    • steve said on 19th June 2009, 18:16

      The quote was – FIA president Max Mosley says it is “highly probable” that the British Grand Prix will take place at the Silverstone circuit again next year.

      Although Donington has a 17-year deal to host the race from 2010, the FIA head made it clear he believes the race will actually take place at Silverstone

    • dwp said on 19th June 2009, 21:47

      I believe that FOTA has Monaco in its 2010 lineup. I also understand that there is some Monaco-Ferrari tie in. Seems that the Monaco Grand Prix will be a race with Ferrari entered into it. If this is all true the FIA has lost its “crown jewel” Who will not watch Monaco? Who will not go there to watch. What TV broadcaster will turn down the opportunity to be there?

  13. steve said on 19th June 2009, 18:16

    The quote was – FIA president Max Mosley says it is “highly probable” that the British Grand Prix will take place at the Silverstone circuit again next year.

    Although Donington has a 17-year deal to host the race from 2010, the FIA head made it clear he believes the race will actually take place at Silverstone.

  14. Journeyer said on 19th June 2009, 18:20

    The end is nigh for Max Mosley. With Lola, N Technologies, and Prodrive having all abandoned (FIA 2010) ship, and even Litespeed dropping its bid to be named Lotus, Max has nowhere left to go. No wonder he couldn’t publish an entry list – he wouldn’t be able to fill up his grid without FOTA.

    Max had an interview with the BBC (geolocked; UK-only), where he said the strangest things:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8109971.stm

    1. He had to keep the 2010 door open for FOTA, since no one else would back them – I know he needs FOTA, but that’s the lamest excuse I’ve ever heard.
    2. He thinks F1 will be in Silverstone next year, despite Bernie saying they won’t be, regardless of whatever happens to Donington – rather inconsistent, there…
    3. He said he’d be more likely to step down if peace broke down in F1 – despite saying in the past he wouldn’t run again. Of course, no one believed him, but no one thought he’d so badly contradict himself.

    He also looks old and haggard in the interview. If anything, it reminded me of the final days of Ferdinand Marcos – if you’re familiar with him.

    • Pedro Andrade said on 19th June 2009, 18:37

      http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/76332

      “It will all stop sometime between the beginning of 2010 and March 2010, the first race. All this will stop, it will all settle down and everyone will go racing.”

      Is he implying that tomorrow the 8 FOTA teams will be on the entry list?

      • Journeyer said on 19th June 2009, 18:49

        Pedro, the 2010 entry list won’t be published tomorrow – Max delayed it indefinitely. He used his impending legal action as an excuse, but really, he’s only delayed it because without Lola, Prodrive, and N Technologies, he doesn’t have enough teams to even create a half-decent 2010 entry list. He now realizes he needs FOTA for F1 to survive, which is why he’s suing them.

        • Pedro Andrade said on 19th June 2009, 19:27

          Yes, I posted too early, only saw that piece of news afterwards.

          Mosley is on his last breath here, he knows he can’t have any sort of Championship without the FOTA teams (the same ones he previously said to go somewhere else). The only thing left for him is the lawsuit. He his a sad man not to accept that it’s as simple as he stepping down in order for F1 to survive this crisis, at least for now. Money-sharing and Bernie is the next problem to face.

    • okay said on 20th June 2009, 6:55

      haha so it will be the end of him? i hope so, We in the Philippines ended the Marcos regime, maybe the drivers can opt not to race tomorrow. Its bad, but for the common good, just like people power 1. hehe

  15. Bud said on 19th June 2009, 18:21

    Excellent , it’s about time this nonsense came to a head.
    Between them the dynamic duo are responsible for the dullest season in years, idiotic rules, ugly cars, boring circuits in countries that have no F1 fanbase and absolutely no racing at the sharp end of the field.
    How could it get any worse?

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