Following last Friday's scheduled meeting between the FIA and the teams, at which only Ferrari turned up, Max Mosley is urging the team bosses to attend the next meeting in April. The nine teams that were absent from the Heathrow meeting had ...
Following last Friday's scheduled meeting between the FIA and the teams, at which only Ferrari turned up, Max Mosley is urging the team bosses to attend the next meeting in April. The nine teams that were absent from the Heathrow meeting had previously written to FIA President Mosley to ask that any further discussion on cost-cutting be postponed to later in the season.
"Whilst we welcome your initiative in regards to 2008, the consensus of our meeting is that it is premature to discuss now the detailed measures that you have put forward," the teams said in their letter.
"We anticipate that we will be in a position to bring our collective proposals to the FIA by mid-season, allowing sufficient time to consult all parties and reach an appropriate outcome by the end of this year."
Mosley declined to postpone the meeting and it went ahead with only FIA and Ferrari representatives present. The FIA has taken the step of publishing letters and faxes on its website that follow the timeline of communications between itself and the teams since December, in regard to cost-cutting proposals.
These include ideas put forward by Renault, BAR, Williams and Ferrari, as well as minutes from the Heathrow meeting between Ferrari and the sport's governing body.
The next meeting is scheduled for April 15th at the FIA headquarters in Paris. In a letter to the teams Mosley expressed his disappointment that they had not taken part in the previous meeting and urged them to attend the next.
"It is only through discussion that progress can be made," he said. "Now is the time to begin talking about 2008, because the sooner we start the more likely we are to find consensus."
"At the same time it may still be possible to reach unanimous agreement for a limited number of cost-saving measures during the current Concorde Agreement, perhaps as early as 2006. But this can only happen if everyone participates in the discussion. Soon after the 15 April meeting, change for 2006 will become increasingly difficult and/or expensive and unanimity will no longer be achievable."
"I urge you to come to the 15 April meeting. If you have any comments on the conclusions of the 28 January meeting, please let us have them so that we can circulate them in good time for the 15 April meeting. Also, if you have any radical ideas for 2008, now is the time to put them forward."