No split, no budget cap – and no Max Mosley. A victory for FOTA and F1?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The eight FOTA teams will be in F1 next year - but Max Mosley won't
The eight FOTA teams will be in F1 next year - but Max Mosley won't

I wasn’t expecting F1’s long-standing row to be resolved today any more than I had on the many other ‘deadline days’ which have come and passed with no resolution.

But the decision from the World Motor Sports Council came remarkably swiftly: next year’s F1 championship will be run to rules broadly similar to this year. Max Mosley’s effort to impose a budget cap on the teams has failed – and he has agreed not to stand for re-election in October.

“Everyone’s won” said Mosley afterwards. But is this really anything other than a victory for FOTA – and the ultimate defeat of Mosley?

Is this outcome good for F1?

  • Yes, it's good for F1 (77%)
  • No, it's bad for F1 (5%)
  • It's neither good or bad for F1 (7%)
  • I'm not sure (10%)

Total Voters: 1,927

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In the run-up to today’s meeting, Mosley reminded the WMSC:

It is for the FIA membership, and the FIA membership alone, to decide on the democratically elected leadership, not the motor industry and still less the individuals the industry employs to run its F1 teams.

Mosley is now insisting his departure was planned all along. But if that were the case, presumaly he could have ended this dispute rather sooner. He has not granted any other new concession today which could have moved the teams to abandon their plans for a rival championship.

The deal was apparently thrashed out between Mosley, Bernie Ecclestone and Luca di Montezemolo (representing FOTA) late last night. Was this the moment Mosley finally saw the writing on the wall, and chose not to remain as president of a governing body in charge of what would have been a fatally weakened F1?

Of course, it wouldn’t be Mosley without a parting shot:

As long as the teams behave themselves I will be gone. A deal is a deal and if that is not stuck to you sometimes have to reconsider things.

Or two:

Whether the person who succeeds me will be more to their liking remains to be seen.

Montezemolo added:

To us, three things were most important; that F1 stay F1 and not become F3, that there is no dictator, but that there was a choice of rules, agreed and not imposed; and that whoever had a team was consulted and had a voice. Mosley has announced that in October he will stand down, with an irrevocale decision, and that from now on he won’t get involved in F1.

This is a good day for Formula 1. A potentially disastrous split in the sport has been averted. The removal of Mosley opens the way for a more productive and less hostile co-operation between the teams and the sports’ governing body.

It is a victory for FOTA. But above all, a victory for Formula 1.

I’m going to be on Sky News discussing the developments between 7pm and 7.30pm this evening.

148 comments on “No split, no budget cap – and no Max Mosley. A victory for FOTA and F1?”

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  1. I’m interested in how the drivers must be taking it.

    Filipe Massa must be very relieved. Don’t know when he’ll get another chance like last year for a title, but at least now the game continues and he has a few years left in him.

    Raikonnen just lost a golden opportunity to leave gracefully and blame the split series.

    The champions at the back (Alonso and Hamilton) must be annoyed that the rules will remain roughly the same; they might have been hoping that another radical rules overhaul for 2010 would have allowed their teams (Renault, McLaren) to jump ahead next year since they wouldn’t be competing for this years championship anyway.

    Many of the “weaker” drivers (Piquet, Bourdais) will be happy to see 3 new teams absorb some new talent instead of them being replaced (still possible though).

  2. Sush Meerkat
    25th June 2009, 14:08

    this was in the Sun, by Kelvin Mackenzie

    I understand that the F1 pece deal was thrashed out after the eight team owners went into a room and beat the cr*p out of the revolting Max Mosley. Both sides were happy with the meeting

    1. HounslowBusGarage
      25th June 2009, 16:47


  3. iam happy with this result.yes f1 will never ever die.

  4. I voted NO and I stand by it. Nothing good will come from this years rules will 3 GP2 alike new teams…

    The only plus I can see is 6 more cars on the starting grid… The rest… Rubish!

    The only really way the improve was the cut it all and start from the begining…

    And about the Races Calendar? Witha about those new/old tracks listed in FOTA championship? Are they gone? Will we have next year again with the same tracks of this year? To see so many GPs on the east wittout viewers and we in Europe, can only see them live in the middle of the nights?…. All agout money again and again…

  5. At the end of the day, F1 is better off now than it was a few weeks ago, seeing that Max has pretty much been taken out of the picture. On the same note, Bernie is still ruining the calendar by forcing out good venues, but hopefully that will changer sometime soon.

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