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Mosley ultimatum to F1 teams

MOTOR racing head Max Mosley has told Formula One teams to set up their own series if they are not prepared to compete under rules laid down by the governing body.

In a clear sign that the International Automobile Federation was not about to give in to the teams' demands after weeks of negotiations raised hopes of a compromise, the FIA president presented a simple choice.

"I say (to them): If you want to formulate your own rules, then you can organize your own championship - assuming the rules satisfy the safety requirements," he told Swiss weekly Motorsport Aktuell.

"But we have the Formula One world championship and we make the rules for that," he added in an interview conducted at a Formula Two race in Valencia last weekend.

"We've been doing it for 60 years and we'll continue to do it in the future. Now we have a dispute and we'll see who prevails."

There was no immediate comment from the teams, some of whom have threatened to walk away if the 2010 rules are not rewritten, at the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul yesterday.

The FIA plans to unveil an optional 40 million pound (US$65.10 million) budget cap next season to keep teams in the sport and encourage new ones to enter at a time of global recession.

The Formula One Teams Association, chaired by Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo, has said the plan would create an unacceptable two-tier championship while also reducing Formula One to the level of a junior series.

Champion Ferrari, the Italian glamour team with an unbroken 60-year record in Formula One, is among those threatening to quit if the regulations are not scrapped and a new confidential Concorde Agreement governing the sport not signed by June 12.

While former champion Williams has submitted an unconditional entry, and been suspended from FOTA, the other nine teams only registered conditionally by the May 29 deadline.

Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali said last week that if the nine FOTA entries were not accepted as a whole, and subject to the conditions laid down by them, they would be invalid.

The FIA is due to publish its entry list on June 12.

The standoff has been complicated by at least 10 applications from teams eager to enter Formula One under the proposed budget cap.

They include familiar names from the sport's past such as Lola, Brabham and March as well as a Kuwaiti-financed Prodrive team that is likely to compete under the Aston Martin sportscar marque. The FIA has said that there would be space for three new teams if all 10 existing ones stayed.


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