FOTA has sent a letter to FIA President Max Mosley suggesting that he scrap the 2010 regulations. They want the 2009 regulations to remain for 2010 to give them some time to develop solutions to the costs associated with the sport and to seek a way for all teams to have a better chance of participating in the series; including the new teams.
Ferrari’s Stefano Domenicali said:
“What we have asked is to go back to the rules of this year, the 2009 rules,” he said. “And then see together what we can do in order to make changes for the next year.”
More concerning is the comments from Max Mosley himself regarding the 2010 grid:
“I think one or two of them may have to stop, but nothing to do with these discussions,” he said.
“It is very difficult for a major manufacturer to continue in Formula One when they are doing economies in their factories like shutting off every other lift, turning down the electricity, not cleaning the windows, not serving coffee at the meetings.
“A company that is in that sort of situation is unlikely to go on pouring massive money into Formula One,” said the Briton.
Rumor has it that Toyota and BMW are considered to be the two teams he is referring to. Toyota boss John Howett has offered fuel for that rumor by publicly calling for Toyota to hold their nerve after Monaco’s disastrous performance.
Look, I am not upset if the free-market exacts a toll on F1 and the attrition sees BMW and Toyota leave. That is the nature of the industry but what I object to is the artificial propping up of the series by regulation, two-tiered systems, FIA Balance Sheet overview or any other kind of meddling with the sport. If the loss of ING sponsorship buries Renault, then there is little we can do about that but Renault have a choice; leave or get profitable at whatever level they are selling at. It is that simple…or difficult, depending on how you look at it.