Former Formula One team boss Gian Carlo Minardi has labelled the decision to block Marussia/Manor's return to the grid as "unsportsmanlike".
Marussia looked set to be absent from this year's grid after it went into administration last year and missed the final races of the season.
However, a last-minute attempt to save the team was made public last week, and the squad announced its intention to be on the grid this year.
But Force India blocked the move that would have allowed Marussia/Manor to run its 2014 car this year.
Minardi, who competed in F1 from 1985 to 2005, thinks the decision could backfire and hurt the smaller outfits.
"An absurd and unsportsmanlike behavior," said Minardi of the decision to block the Marussia move.
"Opposing, small teams hope to split up the amount due to Marussia, but perhaps they did not count to ten.
"Getting rid of the two Cinderellas, Marussia and Caterham, means shortening the grid.
"Consequently, the final row would be occupied by teams with far greater budgets and ambitions (see Force India itself, Sauber and Lotus), with commercial consequences."