Dennis critical of Stoddart

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart is making some waves this weekend with his announcement that Jos Verstappen and Justin Wilson may compete in the British Grand Prix minus any driver aids. Stoddart's reasoning is that he withdrew his support of the rule...

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart is making some waves this weekend with his announcement that Jos Verstappen and Justin Wilson may compete in the British Grand Prix minus any driver aids. Stoddart's reasoning is that he withdrew his support of the rule changes, including the FIA decision to retract the ban on driver aids, due to come into force at Silverstone, therefore the previous rules still apply. For the rules to be passed, the unanimous agreement of all the teams is needed.

Should he actually go through with this, Stoddart could then lodge a complaint against the other teams for using driver aids and move to have them disqualified. It comes as no surprise that McLaren boss Ron Dennis, who has long been engaged in a verbal battle with Stoddart, was quick to take the Minardi chief's opinion as damaging to the sport.

"It really is difficult to see what the motive is here," said Dennis. "It appears to me to be part of a desire to destabilize the sport and cause disharmony between the teams and the governing body. The facts are being misrepresented."

The reason behind Stoddart's stand is that previous agreements for manufacturer backed teams to support small teams -- nominally Minardi and Jordan -- with cheaper engine supplies and the so-called "fighting fund" look like not coming to fruition.

"There is a big loophole in the current regulations," said Stoddart. "At the start of the year we talked about traction control being banned by Silverstone. We have given ground on that and other technical regulations therefore they should deliver on affordable engines and the fighting fund. We have done our part."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jos Verstappen , Justin Wilson , Paul Stoddart
Teams McLaren , Minardi , Jordan