Mosley shrugs off arbitration challenge

FIA president Max Mosley has shrugged off the intended arbitration challenge over the new rules by McLaren and Williams as something of little concern. The teams joined forces to submit a letter to Mosley, claiming that with some of the regulation...

FIA president Max Mosley has shrugged off the intended arbitration challenge over the new rules by McLaren and Williams as something of little concern. The teams joined forces to submit a letter to Mosley, claiming that with some of the regulation changes the FIA was in violation of the terms of the Concorde Agreement and they intended to contest the changes.

"They are quite entitled to take the action they have, "Mosley told the British press. "Although we regard the matter as something of a storm in a teacup." The FIA official statement said the sport's governing body was confident of its position in the matter.

The case from McLaren and Williams has been met with a negative response from other team bosses: "I am horrified and absolutely astounded," said BAR's David Richards. "This is the last thing the sport needs at the moment. We should all be pulling together to make it a success."

Paul Stoddart, boss of Minardi, agreed: "It is a very sad prospect if we are going to have a year of off-track politics when the fans would rather have on-track racing," he remarked.

McLaren managing director Martin Whitmarsh denied that the team were being 'confrontational' in the matter. McLaren and Williams could have pursued the case through French civil court, but chose not to: "We just want it clearly established that the Formula One rules have to be applied in the manner which has been agreed," he stated.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Paul Stoddart , David Richards , Martin Whitmarsh
Teams McLaren , Williams , Minardi