Nine teams decline FIA meeting again

Despite Max Mosley previously urging the Formula One teams to be present for the next FIA meeting on April 15th, nine teams have again declined to attend. It seems Ferrari is the only outfit that will get together with the sport's governing body...

Despite Max Mosley previously urging the Formula One teams to be present for the next FIA meeting on April 15th, nine teams have again declined to attend. It seems Ferrari is the only outfit that will get together with the sport's governing body to discuss regulation changes and cost-cutting measures. The other teams, who opted out of the last meeting, are continuing talks with the manufacturers.

After a meeting yesterday, the group -- which consists of the nine teams and manufacturers BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Honda, Renault and Toyota -- stated it was pursuing its own "blueprint" for the sport after 2007, when the current Concorde Agreement expires, but is not yet ready to finalize its proposals. Therefore they will not attend the FIA meeting.

"We have a great alignment between the nine teams and the five manufacturers...with each of the teams reporting positive progress and a good endorsement of what is going to happen," BAR chief executive Nick Fry told Autosport.

"But this work will take a couple of months to complete. We are still heading towards our schedule of having something which we will be pleased to share with the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone probably around July-August time."

In February Mosley asked the teams to attend the upcoming meeting as now was the time for presenting ideas for 2008. He also said the FIA may as well abandon plans for cost-cutting if the teams weren't going to bother turning up to discuss proposals. However, the teams won't be hurried into anything.

McLaren's Ron Dennis said the decision not to attend next week's meeting is not due to lack of respect for the FIA, only that the group would prefer to have a clear understanding of what it wants before discussing proposals. "People should remember that what we're talking about is the post-2007 position," Dennis told Reuters. "There's a bit of time yet. We don't want to be stampeded."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Bernie Ecclestone
Teams Ferrari , McLaren