FIA president Max Mosley had played down talk of FOTA's proposed breakaway from F1 and said that he feels a compromise between the governing body and the teams will be reached before the start of the 2010 season.

After weeks of bickering between the two sides, the eight members of the Formula One Teams Association announced that they were to set up their own rival series following a meeting on the eve of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

That move had led the FIA to threaten the teams with legal action but, in an interview with the BBC, Mosley insisted that he didn't feel there would be a split and that the current situation was a case of FOTA 'posturing and posing'.

The FIA chief did concede however that it was likely that some team's could be lost due to the continuing economic downturn, although he expected the 'traditional' F1 outfits to be lining up on the grid.

"As always with these things, in the end, there is a compromise because they cannot afford not to run in the F1 world championship, and we would be very reluctant to have a Formula 1 world championship without them," he said. "I am talking about the eight teams there.

"I think some of them will disappear because some of the manufacturers are going to look at the amount of money being spent and the measures they are having to take within their companies, the people being laid off and the fact that they are accepting government money to keep everything going, and they are going to find it very difficult to keep pumping hundreds of millions of pounds into F1.

"I think we will lose one or two or maybe three manufacturer teams. We need new teams to make up the space. But the great traditional teams, and I would include Ferrari in that, they need to be there and they will be there for sure. It will get sorted out."

Mosley added that it was easy for the teams to talk about their plans at the moment, but that when the talking stops, it was likely that the grid would be united in one series.

"They can be hard at the moment because it doesn't come to anything until March 2010," he said. "They can posture and pose but we know that when it comes to Melbourne, there will be a Formula One World Championship and everyone who can be in it, will be in it.

"We have to leave the door open a little and at the moment we can't negotiate because everything we offer, they reject. They want to take the financial side away from the commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone and the governance from the FIA. That can't happen - and won't happen - and eventually they will realise that.

"I am completely confident [of a resolution] because in the end, people do what it is in their interests to do. It is in the interests of the teams to be in the Formula One World Championship and there is actually no fundamental or even important issue that is stopping them taking part. It is all about personalities and power and who can grab what from whom, which is easy when nothing is at stake but when it gets to the first race and it is make your mind up time, they will be there."


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