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EU Commission as Formula 1 savior: never again a pirate series

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I The run-up to the GP Bahrain had the earlier one FIA President Max Mosley demanded in the English daily newspaper 'The Telegraph': 'Formula 1 must tear up its contracts and start from scratch if it does not want to implode. It needs a fairer distribution of money and a reduction in costs.' The saying of the trained lawyer did not go down well with the top teams.

Ferrari and Mercedes against Mosley demand

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff responded to Mosleys at the FIA ​​press conference in Bahrain Rescue proposal: 'This is an unrealistic scenario. The contract exists. You can be happy or unhappy about it, but if you want something better, you have to wait until the next time.' So 2020, the expiry date of the financial contract between the teams and Bernie Ecclestone.

Ferrari racing director Maurizio Arrivabene even went one step further: 'If Max wants to break the contract, I ask him what he does without Teams like Mercedes and Ferrari wants to do. He could organize a weird championship without us and distribute the money however he wants. ' In other words. If Ferrari loses its special rights, it threatens to get out or drive in its own championship.

FIA could close the race tracks

Max Mosley thinks this is an empty threat. 'A wishful thinking that will never happen.' In fact, the current contract with the special conditions for the privileged racing teams was created out of the fear that the big teams would split off and start a pirate series. In the meantime, Bernie Ecclestone has also realized that this will never happen.

He notices it at every meeting of the strategy group. Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren, Williams and Force India are not even able to agree on the size of a screw. How do you then set up your own rules that everyone likes? And why should the small teams take part? They would be even more cannon fodder than they are now. The big teams would have to bring four or five cars to the start, which would make the operation so expensive that it would no longer be acceptable even for them. But the biggest problem is: there will be losers there too. With the consequence that the defeat costs a quarter of a billion euros.

Mosley gives another reason why a pirate series in theApproach would fail. The FIA ​​could close all racetracks for a series that has not been approved by it. FIA President Jean-Marie Balestre had threatened the rebels Ecclestone and Mosley with it in 1981 when they tried to break away from the world federation with their loyal teams. 'Not even we had a chance back then. How should others be able to do it?' Ecclestone once commented on the war between FIA and his parliamentary group in retrospect.

The fact that Ferrari said goodbye to Le Mans out of defiance also has no potential threat. First of all, there is not anywhere near as much money to be distributed there as in Formula 1. And the top dogs Audi, Porsche, Toyota and Nissan would certainly not voluntarily forego revenue just to give Ferrari bonus payments.

Ferrari would be the winner of a budget cap

The midfield hopes that the EU Commission will invalidate the contract between the teams and the rights holders due to a violation of competition law. Behind the scenes you can hear that the campaign is on the right track. The large teams would probably go to court if the contracts were terminated, but Mosley believes that this would fail. If that happens at all. The rights holders prefer to give in before EU commissioners snoop around their shops. 'Who wants the police in the house?'

But it doesn't have to get that far. Both the FIA ​​and Ecclestone have understood that they are hitting the wall with the deadlock. Teams, FIA and rights holders neutralize each other in the strategy group. Because everyone only looks at their own advantage. Therefore there are no decisions. This Gordian Konote would be easy to resolve. If, for once, the FIA ​​and Ecclestone were in agreement. There would be 12 votes. Then the teams would have no chance with their 6 votes.

Max Mosley cannot understand why Ferrari in particular is reluctant to brake costs and distribute the money more fairly. The traditional racing team from Maranello would have the most money in the box. Because Ferrari attracts more sponsors than any other team. 'And the excess money would be profit. That would make Ferrari even more attractive for an IPO.' And that's exactly what the new President Sergio Marchionne is all about.

According to Mosley, the big teams should have enough self-confidence to be the best even with limited resources. 'I think they just resist the idea that they suddenly have 10 opponents instead of just 2.' As an incentive to brake costs, the technical rules would have to be relaxed. 'Despite a budget of $ 100 million, the cars would be as fast as the current ones, which are being built for $ 300 million. And the viewer would have no disadvantage.' On the contrary: Open rules bring more spectacular technology.

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