The Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) has warned FIA President Max Mosley that the budget cap war is far from over – as it seeks intervention from the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in a bid to quell a 'crisis' that still runs the risk of sending several teams scurrying for the exit door.
Five of the remaining FOTA members – McLaren-Mercedes, Renault, Toyota, BMW-Sauber and Brawn GP – have been noted as 'conditional' on the 2010 entry list published by the sport's governing body today (Friday), with FOTA dissenters Williams and Force India, as well as Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and 'junior' outfit Scuderia Toro Rosso labelled 'unconditional', something the latter trio staunchly refute [see separate story – click here
The move was a clear sign that Mosley is still in no mood to back down on his controversial million budget cap initiative for the 2010 campaign – as per the 'conditional' teams' entry stipulations – but as the ongoing stalemate continues, with an extended deadline now of 19 June for discussions on the matter, FOTA has taken the next step in a civil war that is threatening to quite literally tear F1 in two.
The organisation has made an effort to circumvent Mosley's contentious cost-cutting initiative by drafting a letter that will be sent to the FIA Senate and WMSC asking for support in the dispute, and re-iterating its threat that in the absence of any changes, teams will
'We respectfully seek the intervention of the World Council to facilitate solutions to the present situation,' read the letter, published on Reuters
. 'We have attended numerous meetings with the FIA's representatives and have been unable to make any substantive progress.
'The entry list has been published with five established teams listed as conditional entries and Ferrari, Red Bull and Toro Rosso, who against their will, have been classified as unconditional entries.
'All of these teams are united in their concerns about the present situation and are deeply worried about the crisis that Formula 1 now faces, a crisis that appears to be self-generated.
'The teams wish to find a swift solution to the situation, but in case this cannot be done, they will reluctantly have to seek alternative solutions which protect them.'