Ferrari was the only team present at a meeting with the FIA on Friday as the other teams had wanted to postpone it until after the first few races, so didn't turn up. FIA president Max Mosley shrugged off the non-attendance, saying the other ...
Ferrari was the only team present at a meeting with the FIA on Friday as the other teams had wanted to postpone it until after the first few races, so didn't turn up. FIA president Max Mosley shrugged off the non-attendance, saying the other teams were "sulking" and that their agreement in regard to future regulations was not necessary.
"The FIA make the rules for 2008, that I think is very clear," said Mosley, according to Reuters. "The sooner we make them, the better it is for everybody. The earlier people know, the less money it costs to make any change."
"All we need do, and all we are doing, is consult the teams. We don't have to get their agreement. The meeting was to consult them. Well, if they don't want to be consulted, that's fine."
The FIA and Ferrari discussed further technical regulations for the future, including standard brakes but rejected a proposal for capping drivers' salaries and a maximum age limit. The other teams would have had the chance to put forward thier own proposals if they had turned up.
"We gleaned a great deal of useful information, probably more than if we'd had the other teams here," said Mosley. "It's much easier to talk to one team. We were fortunate enough today to be able to talk to a team who have demonstrated that they have got a good understanding of Formula One, what it takes to be successful and also what it costs."
Mosley also said the extension of the Concorde Agreement from 2008 to 2012 would be drawn up and that the breakaway threat from the manufacturers was "impossible to take seriously". Further discussions are scheduled for April.