In news that will be music to Bernie Ecclestone’s ears, the very future of the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) is reportedly at a critical impasse.
The latest rumours claim that Ferrari has joined Red Bull Racing in questioning the viability of the alliance of F1 constructors.
A row recently broke out among the teams amid suggestions that Red Bull Racing and Mercedes GP had both breached the strict Resource Restriction Agreement, a gentleman’s-style pact between the teams to cap spending.
Attempts to patch things up between the various factions have proven unsuccessful so far, prompting Red Bull team principal Christian Horner to threaten to withdraw his team’s membership from the group.
A report from the AFP news agency now claims that Ferrari is equally wavering in its support of the group, following the publication of quotes attributed to team boss Stefano Domenicali.
“In terms of the cost cutting (disagreement), we can no longer afford to continue like this,” he is quoted as saying. “If there is no trust, there is no need to go forward.
“We know why FOTA was put together so we need to understand whether we still need it. What are the objectives for the future of FOTA, if it has a future?”
A split within ranks can only be good news for F1 supremo Ecclestone, who would prefer to negotiate with each separately – rather than be faced with union-style negotiations – as the sport looks towards its next Concorde Agreement, the contract that commercially outlines each teams’ rights and responsibilities to the sport.
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