FOTA lobs F1 crisis into Mosley's court

Jun.1 (GMM) After a weekend of speculation, the ball is now squarely in Max Mosley's court as the battle over budget caps continues. Some sections of the media saw the FOTA teams' conditional entries for the 2010 world championship as the easing...

Jun.1 (GMM) After a weekend of speculation, the ball is now squarely in Max Mosley's court as the battle over budget caps continues.

Some sections of the media saw the FOTA teams' conditional entries for the 2010 world championship as the easing of their threats to quit the sport.

In fact, the crisis arguably deepened, with Ferrari's Stefano Domenicali clarifying that if the proposed budget cap rules are not binned, "the entries from the nine teams will be invalid".

The Italian team's driver Felipe Massa told the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag: "We will have to wait and see how the FIA reacts."

Similarly, the Italian newspaper Tuttosport observed: "Mosley will either accept the teams' stipulations, or he will not."

The official line is that in the wake of Williams' suspension, all the remaining FOTA teams are united in their opposition to the plans.

But Force India's Adrian Sutil pointed out that the dilemma belongs almost exclusively to the big-spending teams.

Asked about budget caps, he told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport: "Generally I think it's a good idea.

"I don't think we would have to change too much within our team. We would probably keep most of our people and keep doing our work as before."

Sutil added: "For the big teams it is going to be very difficult for them to get along with a tenth of their money."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Felipe Massa , Adrian Sutil
Teams Ferrari , Force India , Williams