Mosley: Ferrari's rivals have to catch up

It's often been said, rightly or wrongly, that Ferrari's dominance of F1 in recent years is killing the sport, but FIA President Max Mosley believes that is not the case. As far as Mosley is concerned it's the other teams that are to blame for not...

It's often been said, rightly or wrongly, that Ferrari's dominance of F1 in recent years is killing the sport, but FIA President Max Mosley believes that is not the case. As far as Mosley is concerned it's the other teams that are to blame for not being good enough to challenge the champions, who have won the constructors' championship for the last five years in a row.

"I would not say that they are killing the sport," Mosley said of Ferrari, at a meeting with the press in London on February 10th. "What I would say is that Williams and McLaren, and to a lesser extent Renault and BAR, are killing the sport because they are doing a rubbish job. That's the truth of it. It's not up to Ferrari to lose, it's up to the others to win and all they've got to do is catch up."

Mosley also shrugged off the mutterings from other teams that suggest the FIA favours Ferrari. "The worst thing now is they go around suggesting that we in some way help Ferrari," he added. "Well, we'd have to be mad to help Ferrari. If I could slow Schumacher down legitimately, I would. But you can't, it's up to engineers in the other four teams, and the team principals, to get the job done."

On the subject of cost cutting, Mosley has long been urging the teams to agree on ways to reduce financial overheads before F1 reaches a crisis. But now he believes things are looking up. "I think Formula One's never been in better shape, at least in the years that I've been involved," he said.

"The two teams that were in the most danger have been taken over by people with massive resources. Of the other two, I understand in respect of one of them that negotiations are currently underway again with an organisation with very significant resources," he continued, not making it clear which team he was referring to.

"That means the financial crisis that was threatening Formula One last autumn has disappeared. As far as the FIA is concerned costs are now off the agenda unless and until we have another financial crisis and that's a huge relief because we really don't want to spend a lot of time on things like that unless we have to."

As for the new Concorde Agreement, which so far only Ferrari has signed, Mosley said the financial benefits will be considerable. The teams have been offered 50% of the sport's commercial revenue from 2008 onwards if they sign up. "That represents a substantial increase over what they are getting now, very substantial," Mosley remarked.

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Series Formula 1
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams