FIA Pounds Chest; Sets Appeal Date

MosleyThe FIA has been busty this week. They’ve had to set the date for the Renault appeal, which is going to be on August 17th, and they have had to throw cow dung at the teams over the BMW quit announcement.

Renault were penalized for allowing Fernando Alonso’s car to enter the track with an improperly secured wheel, which eventually fell off, because it violates Article 3.2 of F1’s Sporting Regulations, which says “competitors must ensure that their cars comply with the conditions of eligibility and safety throughout practice and the race.” The entire issue is nonsensical to me as the time between knowing they had a tire issue and not knowing they had a tire issue was fractions of a second.

To deprive Spain of their hometown hero during the Spanish Grand Prix is just bad business and if safety were paramount to this issue; they’ve picked an odd, emotionally charged week to suggest that losing a wheel is a violation worthy of suspension—especially as it has not been in the past.

The FIA, read Max Mosley, also couldn’t help themselves from crowing over their prophetic wisdom when they suggested that F1’s expense level was unsustainable and budgets caps were needed to ensure that no other teams leave the sport—just like BMW did this week. Max couldn’t write a press release that simply states the sadness they feel about the BMW announcement all the while reassuring us that the new teams coming in will be terrific and the sport will move on.

No, that would be too easy and professional. Mosley had to take the baseball bat to FOTA and scolded everyone for not listening to his wisdom on immediately reducing costs of F1 to prevent this situation. As if agreeing to Mosley’s budget cap system would have prevented BMW from leaving? Mosley also had to slam the car makers for being on the dole and receiving taxpayer money. He couldn’t help himself from reminding us just how right he was and how wrong everyone else was.

The FIA regrets the announcement of BMW’s intended withdrawal from Formula One but is not surprised by it.

It has been clear for some time that motor sport cannot ignore the world economic crisis. Car manufacturers cannot be expected to continue to pour large sums of money into Formula One when their survival depends on redundancies, plant closures and the support of the taxpayer.
This is why the FIA prepared regulations to reduce costs drastically. These measures were needed to alleviate the pressure on manufacturers following Honda’s withdrawal but also to make it possible for new teams to enter.

Had these regulations not been so strongly opposed by a number of team principals, the withdrawal of BMW and further such announcements in the future might have been avoided.
Nevertheless, as a result of a sustained cost-cutting campaign by the FIA, new measures are in the process of being agreed which should make it easier for new teams to enter and enable existing ones to participate on much reduced budgets.

It is no secret that these measures do not go as far as the FIA would have liked but a compromise was needed in the interests of harmony in the sport. Hopefully it will be enough to prevent further withdrawals and provide a solid foundation for Formula One.
As the guardian of the sport, the FIA is committed to ensuring that Formula One remains financially sustainable for all competing teams and it will always act to ensure that this remains the case.

Cheese and Crackers!! I get tired of hearing how the FIA is the “guardian” of the sport. The bravado is literally dripping off of this press release like honey from comb. You knew Mosley couldn’t pass up a chance to say “I told you so” and that, if for any other reason, should have been considered by BMW before bowing out. This stooge will make an example of all of you car companies.
Last I recall, the FIA had no trouble with manufacturers when the series was healthy and the millions were rolling in to the FIA coffers. Then comes a down economy and these car makers are the bane of F1. The astronomical fees charged by FOM and the greed of Mosely and Ecclestone had nothing to do with the bloating of F1? Right.
You made a lot of money and succeeded on the back of F1, Mosley, now how about failing with it with some decorum? I know, that’s asking a lot.

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