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Ferrari court defeat sees Mosley push on with F1 cost cap

Max Mosley has re-affirmed that there will be 'no compromise' on the FIA's introduction of a controversial £40 million budget cap into Formula 1 in 2010, and following Ferrari's failure to gain an injunction against the initiative he suggested that the Scuderia were never truly serious about quitting the sport in the first place.

Having made the ultimately unsuccessful application to the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris, Ferrari argued that a 'two-tier' championship of haves and have-nots that would likely be engendered by an optional budget cap would be 'fundamentally unfair and perhaps even biased', contending moreover that the cap would be impossible to effectively police.

Should the opposed two-tier element be removed by the imposition of the cap upon all competitors – as has in principle now been deemed a better way forward – the Maranello-based outfit warned that it would be equally impossible for a major team to whittle down all its resources and workforce to a sufficient level in time for the 2010 campaign.

Though FIA President Mosley argued that the court bid was a sign that Ferrari never intended upon following their withdrawal threat through, last year's drivers' title chase runner-up Felipe Massa by contrast hinted that a pull-out remains a very real possibility for the most loyal team in F1 history, and the only one to have begun every single season since the official inception of the world championship all the way back in 1950.

“You're seeing many teams trying to get into F1 next year, but if you lose Ferrari and gain new teams it won't be the same,” the Brazilian is quoted as having said by the BBC. “I'm a Ferrari driver and I'm very proud of that.

“The way the championship has started is very different [this year]. We've had a lot of political fighting, and this does not help the sport. It would be nice to have more sport and less politics, but many things are not over yet.”

The governing body, commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone and the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) are due to meet for further discussions on the contentious matter in Monte Carlo ahead of this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, but Mosley again made clear after the verdict today (Wednesday) that he had no intentions of backing down.

“No competitor should place their own interests above those of the sport in which they compete,” the Englishman urged. “The FIA, the teams and our commercial partners will now continue to work together to ensure the well-being of Formula 1 in 2010 and beyond.”

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Alan D - Unregistered

May 20, 2009 4:42 PM

Mosley said "No competitor should place their own interests above those of the sport in which they compete" This is the man who gave away a hundred years worth of commercial rights to someone who always places his own interest above the interests of the sport. No other sport in the world treats its competitors and venues so badly or bleeds as much money out of the sport as F1 does. You should be ashamed Mosley.

Mob rules - Unregistered

May 20, 2009 4:35 PM

Well Nigel, you may thank Max for destroying the sport. I think it is time that he is removed forthwith from FIA. He is a bitter man and completely unreasonable. People such as him have no place in regulating anything.

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