Flavio Briatore has echoed Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) Vice-President John Howett's assertion that the sport's competitors are 'not bluffing' in their threat to quit should Max Mosley press on with his contentious budget cap proposal, but by the same token he is adamant that 'we don't want war with anybody' either.

The ongoing FIA-FOTA stand-off over the new ?40 million limit shows no signs of reaching any kind of resolution or compromise in Istanbul this weekend, and Howett has admitted that the prospect of the rebel teams forming their own 'breakaway' series - a move first evoked back in 2005, and though crushed at the time one that has since re-entered the realms of possibility - should not be taken lightly.

Eight of the FOTA members - all save for independent outfits Williams and Force India - have lodged conditional entries for the 2010 world championship campaign, dependent upon FIA President Mosley abandoning his latest cost-cutting initiative. Should he not, then they have vowed to take their ball away and play elsewhere - leaving newcomers like Prodrive/Aston Martin, Lola, Team USF1, Campos Meta 1, Litespeed GP, Team Superfund, March, N.Technology and Brabham Grand Prix Limited to potentially fill the void.

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"I confirm that we're not bluffing," underlined Toyota Motorsport President Howett, "and I don't mean that as a threat. I just think that we just have a sincere, simple, straightforward position which we believe is correct for stabilising the future of Formula 1. From our side, it isn't power politics or war.

"What we are asking is reasonable. Should the entries be rejected, we need to sit down and discuss the next steps. We do have a number of scenarios and scenario planning, and the worst case scenario would be to have to establish our own series."

Those sentiments are clearly shared by Renault F1 managing director Briatore, a man famously never averse to speaking his mind on controversial topics. The Italian explained that the teams simply wish to be able to determine their own budgets and reduce costs at a rate that is comfortable to them - rather than having to bring down their expenditure, in some cases as high as ?150 million or ?200 million a year, to just ?40 million in time for the 2010 campaign, what they contend would be an impossible task.

FOTA has also made clear its desire for Mosley's governance of the top flight - coming under increasing scrutiny - to be urgently reviewed and for a new commercial rights-stipulating Concorde Agreement to be signed before the 12 June date when successful 2010 applicants will be revealed. Briatore suggested Mosley had taken advantage of the fall-out from Honda's sudden and shock withdrawal from competition at the end of last year - a move made in response to falling car sales due to the global credit crunch and poor on-track return for its considerable investment - to force through his reforms without first consulting the teams about them.

"After Honda decided to not be part of it, it looked like everybody would follow the Honda route," the 59-year-old contended. "There was this really panicking situation about [needing] more teams in Formula 1. We didn't get that point, because none of the teams still in Formula 1 want to stop. Honda is not Honda - it's Brawn. It's not that urgent to find GP3 - no, whatever - Formula 3 teams to join Formula 1, because everybody has guaranteed to participate in the championship. We're still here. Next year, if everything is normal, I think everybody will still be here. We didn't understand all this panicking that there are no more teams in Formula 1 next year, and why we need to change everything.

"I think it is very clear. Everybody in the last two weeks says there is a war. There is no war; we don't want any war. I think we have a responsibility to the employees that we have; I think we have a responsibility to the fans and to the supporters of Formula 1. We don't want war with anybody - what we want is governance; we want a system that was always in Formula 1; we want a Formula 1 Commission; we want a Concorde Agreement; we want stability; we want to cut costs and make Formula 1 more efficient.

"It is not nice when somebody says that next year Renault will not be in Formula 1 anymore, Toyota is not in Formula 1 anymore and BMW is not in Formula 1 anymore. [The FIA] do not trust these people (the current teams), but in the meantime are trusting Mike Gascoyne, with all respect to Mike Gascoyne, and Mr Campos, with all respect to Mr Campos - yet this bunch of shell companies is putting in entries.

"I think it is very destructive when somebody tells me that Renault next year is not in Formula 1 anymore at a moment [in which] we are negotiating with sponsors. It is destructive for Toyota and everybody as well. We have been in Formula 1 the last 20 years if you are talking about Renault, and Ferrari 60 [years]. What kind of guarantee can these companies that are applying for entry to the championship give you? There is nothing wrong with a new company if it is properly done, but it looks like Brabham is just arriving and the family is fighting already. It is only a shell company. This is very destructive for Formula 1, for the value of our brand and for the show, for the people.

"FOTA wants new teams, no problem, but everybody has to respect the same rules, the same situation. We want Formula 1 with one set of rules, we want Formula 1 with different engines - we want Ferrari engines, we want Renault engines. I don't think we're asking something completely mad. What we want is stability of governance. I don't think it's something which is selfish or cynical. I think FOTA has made incredible steps to help everybody. We are very happy if some new teams want to enjoy Formula 1 under the same conditions, with the same rules.

"We want only a healthy Formula 1. We want only to just stay in the business, have a normal governance and work with everybody, with Mr Mosley. We do not want a war with Mr Mosley. Nobody wants a war with anybody. We don't want a war with Mr Ecclestone. We want to have a better Formula One, a better show, better entertainment. For sure we want to make Formula 1 more efficient, and we are working together to achieve that target. What we want to achieve is what is proposed by the federation, but in a different way to achieve it. If there is a war everybody will lose, but we just accept all the bombardments we have day-by-day. We are not at war with anybody.

"For us it's a surprise why it's so difficult - we don't understand why it's so difficult. We want to be in Formula 1. From day one, FOTA was never aggressive with anybody. We just want to participate in the championship, we want to cut costs, we want to have clear rules, we want to have governance [and] we need to make all the decision-setting together for the good of the sport.

"All the time we are forgetting the fans. We have a responsibility to the fans - we never talked about the millions of people watching us, and people do not understand anymore what is going on. There is a lot of confusion now. I don't understand what the problem is. I think some people really don't understand why there is a problem. It's very destructive.

"We're not bluffing, because when you have a responsibility to three or four hundred people, it's not bluffing. These are people who go home and the next day we need to make sure that we have the money to pay their salaries. You're not bluffing when you are putting on the line so many employees. We have to be concerned about that. We have people who have mortgages; we have people who have to send children to school. We are not bluffing. As I say, we don't want any war; we want stability in order to have a long-term Formula 1 engagement. We don't want anything special - we just want stability."