Meetings roll on as another F1 deadline looms

Formula one bosses' glut of meetings will roll into yet another week on Monday, as the rebel FOTA alliance jets into Heathrow airport. After the May 29 entry application deadline, and the June 12 publication of the 2010 entry list, the next ...

Formula one bosses' glut of meetings will roll into yet another week on Monday, as the rebel FOTA alliance jets into Heathrow airport.

After the May 29 entry application deadline, and the June 12 publication of the 2010 entry list, the next 'D-Day' is for Friday June 19, and the governing body's latest demand that teams' conditional entries be dropped.

The hope for the next London summit must be that the seemingly ever-deteriorating, ever-improving crisis can be resolved before the Friday close-of-business deadline, when the cars are due to be practicing at Silverstone ahead of the British Grand Prix.

The F1 drama intervened even at Le Mans this weekend, where the French circuit played host to the world-famous 24 hour sports car race.

FOTA chairman and Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo was on hand to start the fabled event, and took another opportunity to warn that the teams are serious about abandoning the current Grand Prix series.

"If it is necessary, the big manufacturers are ready to organise an alternative world championship," he told Italy's Sky television.

As for the coincidence of the F1 crisis and his visit to the Circuit de la Sarthe, Montezemolo admitted: "A Ferrari at Le Mans? Why not?

"If we can no longer race in F1 this would definitely be an option."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Luca di Montezemolo
Teams Ferrari