FIA will regulate two championships

FIA president Max Mosley has said the FIA will regulate two world motor racing championships if necessary. The threat to Formula One in the shape of a breakaway group of manufacturers creating their own championship in 2008 presents no problem to...

FIA president Max Mosley has said the FIA will regulate two world motor racing championships if necessary. The threat to Formula One in the shape of a breakaway group of manufacturers creating their own championship in 2008 presents no problem to the sport's governing body.

"If they want two championships we will regulate two championships," Mosley said. "Our job is to be the general regulator of all motorsport. We cannot control the business."

However, he warned that a compromise was needed between those involved to prevent sponsors being driven away: "That is what we are worried about," he added.

Mosley also recently revealed that he believes Formula One to be influential in politics: "F1 is in a sense the key which opens the door to many politicians," he said. "If you say to a politician will you come to a seminar on the environment and the car over the weekend, maybe he doesn't want to. But if you suggest he comes to Monza then maybe he'll come."

"That I raised the level of the FIA, raised its image and its importance and made it a force in the politics of the ordinary roads as well as motorsport and that we had generally made motorsport work. Other people will judge where that's been achieved."

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