F1 teams expecting Mosley letter on Friday

FOTA-member Formula One teams are said to be expecting a letter written and signed by Max Mosley on Friday. The Grand Prix circus is this weekend gathered at Istanbul, just days after the FIA president was quoted as warning FOTA to set up their...

FOTA-member Formula One teams are said to be expecting a letter written and signed by Max Mosley on Friday.

The Grand Prix circus is this weekend gathered at Istanbul, just days after the FIA president was quoted as warning FOTA to set up their own championship if they are not prepared to accept the 2010 rules.

BMW's Mario Theissen steered away from the 'breakaway' speculation when addressing the media in Turkey, but Toyota president John Howett - vice chairman of the F1 teams' group FOTA - admitted on Friday that a rival series is one possibility.

"We are not looking for confrontation but we need a broad option plan and looking at alternative series has to be one," he is quoted as saying by the BBC.

A week ago today, the nine FOTA teams lodged a block conditional entry for the 2010 world championship, demanding the announced rules be wound back and replaced with their proposals.

"We are waiting to hear back from the FIA," Theissen said on Thursday, "and only then can we sit down together and decide what to do."

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