In a press conference before the start of today’s Le Mans 24 Hours, Ferrari president and FOTA boss Luca di Montezemolo said:
In a couple of years the problem with Formula 1 will be solved – as I really hope, with a responsible FIA, as we want, or, as happens in other sports, organising our own championship.
FOTA claimed yesterday that F1 fans share its objections. It seems to me the best way to put that claim to the test is to run a poll…
Who do you support in the FIA-FOTA row?
- Neither (10%)
- FOTA (83%)
- The FIA (7%)
Total Voters: 2,325
I am not happy with how the FIA has handled the budget cap debate – or, for that matter, similar discussions over the future rules of F1 in recent years.
F1 has never strayed too far from controversy. But in recent years it seems to have become impossible for the governing body to sort out even the most minor of matters without kicking up an almighty fuss.
The prospect of F1 facing a split with as many as eight teams leaving the sport is not a pleasant one – and I hope it won’t come to that.
But I think FOTA have the best solutions to everyone’s problems, have put forward their side of the argument intelligently and, unlike the FIA, without recourse to needless provocation and antagonism.
- FIA and FOTA remain deadlocked on F1 governance and budget cap
- 2010 F1 teams list to be announced (Update: FIA has revealed list)
- Renault and Ferrari re-state their threat not to compete in 2010
- Is this F1’s worst crisis?
- Max Mosley is wrong. The only split F1 needs is a break away from him
- FOTA teams offer three-year F1 deal but will Max Mosley accept it?
- Ferrari are wrong to oppose new teams
- The FIA must not let its row with Ferrari become a split that would destroy F1