Ron Dennis has warned Formula One's governing body not to go too far in accommodating the wishes of the major manufacturers in the sport because of the transient nature of their involvement.

Speaking in a press conference that opened with a lengthy discussion about the technical side of the sport, Dennis insisted that Formula One needed to consider the future of those teams whose only focus was grand prix racing.

"There are two categories of grand prix organisation - those that have equity control from a manufacturer and those teams whose core business is Formula One," he said, "I don't feel comfortable with regulations designed to favour manufacturers who, at any time, can stop because it is not their core business. History shows they do choose to stop at short notice for different reasons, so to construct Formula One for the manufacturers is fundamentally wrong."

Whilst admitting that he was in favour of much that was contained in the draft rules proposal for the next incarnation of F1, Dennis also warned that some of his rivals may have jumped on the bandwagon because they saw an opportunity to enhance their position in the pecking order.

"I see the need for an F1 that embraces many of the things that are part of the paper," he admitted, "I am not opposed to it at all, I am supportive of it, but inevitably change is always considered a good solution to uncompetitiveness. Cynically, I look at a variety of teams saying 'great' because they are uncompetitive and cannot make competitive cars with the current regulations. I just hope that the thing that has driven virtually every decision of value that is taken over the last five years, which is cost, is kept firmly at the top of the list because this is going to cost a fortune and there isn't anybody that can argue against that.

"We need to be mindful of the fact that this could see the demise of several teams who will not be able to pursue development programmes or receive the support of a manufacturer. Going from a situation where we are effectively going to have four cars of the same make - most of which will be produced by the core manufacturing companies - to a situation where the manufacturers are heavily favoured against those core manufacturers, I don't think that is correct."

Ferrari rival Jean Todt agreed that cost needed to be kept in check while the FIA pressed ahead with its vision of the future.

"We must bear in mind that it has been said that, when we move into a new rules for Formula One, we have to consider four principles - cost reduction, the improvement of the show, safety and the link to road car technology," the Frenchman commented, "From now to 2011, we move in three steps - 2008, when we will be using a standard ECU, which will be supplied by McLaren Electronics, and one gearbox; 2009 with restriction of the KERS, for the engine, and with the new aero package; and 2011, [for which] we have got first the proposal of the discussions held among the manufacturers and the FIA. I think it is a good draft for discussion, but I hope things can move forward and we can write regulations that suit Formula One and which will correspond to the four parameters we agreed on."

 

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