F1 » Williams fears FIA/FOTA civil war will drive sponsors from F1

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Calvin _

June 20, 2009 5:17 PM

It's kind of obvious really. If you were Vodafone, Marlboro or any other major sponsor looking to get your name on TV regularly, who would you want to sponsor, F1, with the nearly nearly teams or FOTA F1 with all the big teams and drivers.

BoSox - Unregistered

June 20, 2009 5:58 PM

Potential sponsors won't be scared away from the series, they'll go where the money is and in particular where the manufacturers will be due to big money and drivers.

Williams, you crossed the picket line in favor of the Max & Bernie Show. If there are no advertising/sponsorship opportunities for you, it's your own doing.


June 20, 2009 6:04 PM

Hate to tell Williams, but the sponsors are already taking sides. ITV reported on Friday that both Santander and Vodafone had decided to back the FOTA series. Meanwhile you have F1 which is going to have a bunch of nobody teams which no one will want to watch, yes leading to no major sponsors.

Williams picked their side, and unfortunatly for their bank balance, the pay off cheque from Bernie and Max may of seemed good at the time, but it's not going to be once you have no advertisers other than the chippie down the road.

MikeAS - Unregistered

June 20, 2009 7:10 PM

If I were Williams, I would be more worried about the fact that their engine supplier is in the FOTA group.

As Ross Brawn points out - the small teams get their engines at a fraction of cost from the big manufacturers.

Can you see Cosworth having the capacity to supply all the teams of the leftover F1 group?

Al - Unregistered

June 20, 2009 8:21 PM

As the man said, they were under contract to the FIA and FOM. They were one of four teams to sign an extension to the 1997 concorde agreement to extend their commitment to 2012... one of the other teams to do that were Midland and I assume Force Indian purchased not only a team when the purchased the old Midland outfit (Spyker), but an obligation under that contract, so had to commit.

Of course that doesn't explain too well how Red Bull and Ferrari can not compete next year in F1, but it might explain the reason for both their inclusion as apparently unconditional entries and the FIAs threat to sue over breaches of contract.

Mark _

June 20, 2009 11:20 PM

Maybe if Williams had not been so quick to break ranks with FOTA it never would have gotten this far. Williams became a pawn by not waiting until the deadline to declare their allegance to Max and Bernie. They no longer control their own destiny. Hopefully they will have the ability to run the FOTA series when F1 no longer has enough teams to run a credible race.

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