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FOTA teams rail against FIA's Donnelly.

The eight dissident Formula One teams still actively involved in the FOTA set-up have raised the stakes in their battle with the sport's governing body, by claiming that FIA permanent representative Alan Donnelly has been trying to drive a wedge between them.

According to Reuters, which has seen a letter addressed by the teams to FIA president Max Mosley, Donnelly stands accused of trying to cause confusion in the ranks by spreading misinformation about the state of the union.

"It was apparent during the Turkish Grand Prix that several discussions were held between the aforementioned person and several Formula One team representatives with a clear intention to create division between the FOTA teams by misrepresenting the positions of those teams," the letter, signed by all eight FOTA team principals, claimed.

Former MEP Donnelly acts as Mosley's representative at races where the president is unable, or chooses not, to attend, overseeing the race stewards and their decisions regarding penalties. With the FIA-FOTA row over the future direction, and governance, of F1 reaching new heights in recent days, the teams are concerned that Donnelly may be handily, and unfairly, positioned in his current role to affect the balance of power.

"This situation raises serious doubts on the autonomy of the judicial functions from the executive functions of the FIA, [which] need to be separated for a proper governance of the federation," the letter continued, "In the FIA's role as regulator, it is imperative that the chairman of the stewards remains totally impartial and we therefore respectfully request that these roles are separated."

The FIA responded to the criticism by claiming that it 'utterly rejected the suggestion made by FOTA'.

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Oh dear! It explains a lot about the rotten state of the FIA knowing that a British Politician has been involved... A st**** man working for a morally corrupt organisation. Personally, I'm hoping for a breakaway series where true racing fans are invited to attend at a fair gate price. But that's maybe too much to wish for in this cash hungry and over-hyped series. I've attended F1 races since 1968 but over the last 10 years the live experience has declined to the point of it simply not being worth it. Why do they race to empty stands in countries that have no interest in the sport and then force F1 fans into cramped expensive stands for the fewer and fewer races in countries that love it?

NEMESIS - Unregistered

June 17, 2009 1:08 PM

Can someone please post up which hotel Donnely is staying at in Valencia, I can promise him a very warm welcome here in Spain and the chance for F1 fans to truly show him what we think of vile little shiits that do Maxs dirty work. Your card is marked Donnely, watch out. Really.

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