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Mosley drops legal threat and wants FOTA talks

Max Mosley on Sunday said the FIA will not proceed with legal action against the FOTA teams, indicating he would rather reach a deal to stave off the threat of a breakaway championship. "There won't be any writ. I think we would rather talk...

Max Mosley on Sunday said the FIA will not proceed with legal action against the FOTA teams, indicating he would rather reach a deal to stave off the threat of a breakaway championship.

"There won't be any writ. I think we would rather talk than litigate," the president of the Paris body said before walking the Silverstone grid.

Mosley, who in an earlier interview this weekend dismissed the FOTA figureheads like "the Bernie" Flavio Briatore as "loonies", said there is actually very little the teams and the FIA is arguing about.

He invited the disgruntled rebel teams to "sit down and iron out the last few difficulties".

"It's definitely getting better -- but these things take time," he explained. "The problem is we have eight teams and some want to sit down, some don't. No doubt, eventually they all will."

He agrees with Martin Whitmarsh that time is a factor, after the McLaren boss said preparations for the breakaway will be too far advanced by the end of July.

"If this goes on for any length of time, it damages the teams. It doesn't affect the FIA, it damages the teams because it affects their sponsors," said Mosley.

Bernie Ecclestone said he was pleased to hear about Mosley's comments.

"If Max says (a deal) is close, then that's good," the F1 chief executive said.

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