• May 11, 2009
Yesterday, we brought you news that Toyota could quit Formula One if FIA president Max Mosley's proposal for a two-tiered budget system is put in place. But the Japanese team based in Germany – currently enjoying its best season so far – isn't the only one making noise. Ferrari has hinted it could jump ship and put its energy into Le Mans, instead. Mercedes-Benz has said it could cancel its F1 program, and BMW has reportedly done the same. Now, three more teams are joining the call for the proposed regulations to be annulled, or else.

Next up to the plate is Red Bull, which owns and operates both the Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso teams. Owner Dietrich Mateschitz has joined the ranks of disgruntled team owners, saying he will not field his two teams next season under the proposed regulations.

Renault has not quite gone that far, but team principal Flavio Briatore has said that the rules need to be changed, the fashion king comparing the FIA's proposal to opening discount stores on trendy streets. The FIA has set May 29 as the deadline for teams to sign up and pay their fees to race in 2010, but with Ferrari, McLaren-Mercedes, BMW Sauber, Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Renault threatening boycott, that leaves only Williams, Force India and Brawn GP lining up on the grid next year. Those three are expected to go ahead regardless, because as independent F1 teams, if they withdrew or sat a season out, they would have no other obvious places to race.

Even with several new teams lining up to join the field next year, Mosley can't seriously hold his ground against all the sport's biggest teams... can he? It's a high-speed game of chicken, and somebody's going to flinch.

[Sources: Autosport and F1-Live | Image: Diego Tuson/AFP/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      How's about we finally stick a fork in F1, call it dead, and recognize LeMans as the racing series that is the true successor to the great sporting legacy of the prewar era of Grand Prix racing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you meant LeMons.



        ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1. well said.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, Autoblog... FYI Toyota's best season to date was in 2005. They had amassed 40 points by race 5 (Barcelona) and finished the season in 4th with 88 points having boycotted the USGP along with all the other Michelin teams at Indy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Formula 1 is eventually going to be max mosley doing laps by himself in a Prius
        • 5 Years Ago
        don't forget, he'll be wearing S&M clothing!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        That actually made me laugh out loud.
        • 5 Years Ago
        don't forget.... with swatikas embroidered all over his S&M clothing....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Haha, good call!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Subject-verb agreement, Mr. Joseph. "More F1 teams JOIN..." :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      How amazing would LMP1 look with the addition of Ferrari, McLaren Mercedes, BMW and why not a Red Bull LMP1 team...they're in every other form of racing already.

      I love F1, but its becoming a big joke. Forget this year's shake up of the old guard...that is good for the sport. I am simply sick of all the drama off the track and the FIA deciding races days after the fact. I expect drama from the teams, they're at the highest level of competition. It Bernie and Max that we could use a little less drama from.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree completely. I would love to see the manufacturers duke it out at lemans
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like a tough choice to make. The teams that propose entering are not going to enter with the current-sky high cost structure. And the current teams apparently aren't interested in lowering the costs to get these teams in.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the almost mandatory budget cap is ridiculous on several levels: if a team spends 200+ mil dollars per season, that also means they are keeping a number of people employed adequate to the amount of R&D that needs to be done.
      If Ferrari, McLaren or Toyota had their budgets slashed to 1/3rd, they would have to send hundreds of people home.

      Hundreds of people that studied and worked their asses off for years to get the dream-job of participating in F1.

      I don't think Mr.Mosley should be allowed to decide about their careers from one year to the next.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Is F1 a jobs program all of a sudden?

        Boo hoo, someone dreamt of working in F1 and couldn't. I dreamed of playing professional hockey. Weep for me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I’m giddy with excitement at the prospect of Ferrari entering LMP1 (however slim), provided they leave all their soap opera antics at F1. Nothing would excite me more as a motorsport lover than a Ferrari P1 car challenging the R15s and Peugeots, or a Ferrari P1 passing their GT cars. Plus we’d get gorgeous Ferrari race cars again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The hint of major constructors leaving F1 to create another racing league has been around for years.

      Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone, specially Bernie, hasn't realized that dictating the rules for independent constructors 20 years ago (MacLaren, Lotus, Williams, etc) is different than dictating the rules for major car manufacturers (Mercedes, Renault, BMW, Toyota, FIAT)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think I've seen it posted but does anyone know if FIA & F1 have offered to reduce their fees under the proposed budget cap and if those fees count against the cap?
      • 5 Years Ago
      x2
      • 5 Years Ago
      If MB and BMW leave F1, it will be a huge blow.
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