Stoddart tired of political battles

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart is fed up with political battles that are taking up his time and believes bigger teams are trying to force him out of Formula One. McLaren team principal Ron Dennis recently said that Minardi didn't deserve as much ...

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart is fed up with political battles that are taking up his time and believes bigger teams are trying to force him out of Formula One. McLaren team principal Ron Dennis recently said that Minardi didn't deserve as much financial help as other small teams as it hasn't been in F1 as long. Stoddart thinks Dennis should be concentrating on other matters.

"Basically I didn't get into this business to fight political battles but it seems that is what is taking up all my time," he told Reuters. "Ron in particular has made a very vicious attack on me in the last 10 days. They (Dennis and Frank Williams) are more or less indicating they feel there is no room for teams like Minardi in Formula One."

"They would do well to remember their own roots. Both of them have had failures in the past. Also they should remember with the budgets they have, they should be not talking about Minardi but rather concentrating on winning the world championship, something I would do if I had their budgets."

Minardi has struggled with financial difficulties and Dennis was one of the main objectors when Stoddart claimed Minardi should get Prost's share of television revenue last year. This week, Stoddart, Dennis and Williams are all in the FIA press conference prior to the Australian Grand Prix and Stoddart wryly commented: ""I notice we are all in a press conference together on Friday. That should be fun."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Paul Stoddart , Frank Williams
Teams McLaren , Williams , Minardi