• Jun 9th 2009 at 9:29AM
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FOTA team principals and drivers meet at last weekend's Turkish Grand Prix

It's all or nothing for the Formula One Teams Association. The body representing the majority of the teams is still in the process of negotiating with the FIA over the proposed drastic budget cuts, but insists that the FIA has to take all of them or none of them. If Max Mosley's budget cuts are imposed as planned, Ferrari, McLaren, BMW, Renault, Toyota, Red Bull and Toro Rosso say they will all pick up and leave, and take with them many of the sport's best drivers. Two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso and reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton, along with Felipe Massa, Nick Heidfeld, Mark Webber and Jarno Trulli have all pledged to follow their teams out from under the FIA's purview. But where will they all go? To a new break-away series.

The teams have threatened to leave the FIA Formula One World Championship before, but this time, things are getting serious. According to the latest reports, FOTA has already begun negotiations with Dorna Sports in anticipation of Mosley's rejection of their counter-proposal. The chief executive of Dorna, the company that runs F1's two-wheeled counterpart MotoGP, has reportedly agreed to run the new series for the break-away F1 teams. A few years ago, Dorna managed to wrestle the rule-making authority away from the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme – the FIA's motorcycling equivalent – and place it in the hands of the manufacturers. That's just what FOTA is looking for, and if Mosley sticks to his guns, it could be exactly what they'll get.

[Source: F1-Live | Image: Clive Mason/Getty]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Good riddance Max and Bernie are killing F1.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1. I truly hope they succeed. Max and Bernie can go suck a big one!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      We've seen this story before -- IRL versus CART. They killed open-wheel racing in the US.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lol F-zero reminds me of the good 'ol SNES days.

      Max needs to get the boot. Seriously I don't know why anyone within the FIA would support his stupid ideas. People don't watch F1 to see some homebrewed carmaker develop racecars out of his garage, they want to see Ferrari and the likes bringing the best that technology has to offer.
        • 6 Years Ago

        I think you missed something. It wasn't Ferrari that brought kick-ass turbos, it wasn't Ferrari that brought kick-EVERYBODY'S-ass active suspension.

        Homebrewed carmakers are perfectly OK, as long as they humiliate the Big Dogs with innovation - which HAS to be allowed. Once they killed that, of course the only edge was buckets of money thrown at the wall in order to gain 0.2 seconds a lap.

        Then they (bernie and max) bitch about it. Wow, somebody calls a psychiatrist ASAP, please.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Please! Start a new series... Get rid of the soap opera that is F1 !
      • 6 Years Ago
      Of course Bernie will sue all of them for breach of contract.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Bernie is being SUED by his wife for divorce... & she want a big chunk of his $$$. Plus the midget is OLD... might just DIE on us (do F1 a favor...)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Indianapolis has a track ready and waiting.... ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        So does Montreal!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, F-Zero! Bring on the flying cars!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, F1 wouldn't die, but with all-new teams, I think the break-away series will be the popular one still. It has all the personalities we love.

      Maybe the new series will get some freedom to actually engineer a fast race car. Wasn't that the point of F1? Let's see turbos and active aero. Budget be damned. If you want a cheap-o racing series, go join Max and Bernie.
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