FOTA Responds, Bad News for F1?

by F1Fan on June 9, 2009

FOTA the Formula One Teams Association responded to Max Mosely head of the FIA by letter before today’s deadline.

The contents of the letter have not been made public however an FIA spokesperson said: “The FIA has received a letter and various attachments from FOTA, the contents of which are not entirely negative, and we are currently examining the details.”

Close to a Deal?

Does this mean that the rift between the FIA and the eight teams that currently make up FOTA namely: BMW Sauber, Brawn GP, Ferrari, McLAren, Red Bull Racing, Renault, Scuderia Torro Rosso and Toyota is coming to an end, who knows, both sides have been in negotiations to solve the monetary cap issue for the 2010 season before but so far the FIA has failed to move away from its hard line position.

The Real reason for the Rift?

It seems to me that the monetary cap maybe just a smoke screen to hide the real issue of who controls Formula One. FOTA was formed by all 10 of the current teams to re-negotiate the Concorde agreeement (Currently Williams and Force India have been suspended from FOTA due to their unqualified entry into next season. One of FOTA’s primary conditions to sign up for the 2010 season  is that all teams, the Formula One Management (FOM) company run by Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA re-sign the next version of the Concorde Agreement a confidential contract between the parties which has governed the sport in one form or another since 1981.

The next few days will tell.

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Conrad June 13, 2009 at 9:22 am

Sounds like a power struggle.

F1Fan June 19, 2009 at 8:52 am

To right and its getting worse by the day

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