FOTA wheels in a big gun

The members of the Board of the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (ACEA) have announced that the current governance system in F1 cannot continue. In a statement from Brussels, the European car-makers body announced that “ACEA has come to the conclusion that the FIA needs a modernised and transparent governance system and processes, including the revision of its constitution, to ensure the voice of its members, worldwide motorsport competitors and motorists are properly reflected.

“The ACEA members support the activities and objectives of the Formula One Teams Association to establish stable governance, clear and transparent rules which are common to all competitors to achieve cost reductions including a proper attribution of revenues to the F1 teams, in order to deliver a sustainable attractive sport for the worldwide public.

“Unless these objectives are met, the BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault and Toyota along with the other teams are determined to find an alternative way to practice this sport in a manner which provides clarity, certainty of rules and administration, and a fair allocation of revenues to the competing teams.”

ACEA represents BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, FIAT Group, Ford of Europe, General Motors Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, MAN Nutzfahrzeuge, Porsche, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault, Scania, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen and Volvo.

8 thoughts on “FOTA wheels in a big gun

  1. Go FOTA! John Howett is my new hero! Breakaway now. What businessman in his right mind would expect Max Mosley to uphold ANY written agreement? Even if he is tossed in the upcoming election, the FIA is an entity which offers suspect courts, stewards that rule before checking video footage, and has turned off the public with its ceaseless political wrangling.. There is nothing worth saving there. The same with FOM. Who needs them. Ghosen is right. At best they are “intermediaries”, at worst they are viewed as leeches siphoning off excessive amounts of money. In either case they can be dispensed with painlessly. Who needs intermediaries? Is there not a sound mind or talented able exec to be found within all the FOTA car companies? Of curse there is, and plenty of them. Certainly Red Bull knows how to promote things too.

    If you absolutely must, this is an option…

    If the FIA wants to refer to the teams as “rebels”, well then just show them what a real rebel can do. The FOTA teams can all just show up to the 2010-12 FOM/FIA races with year old cars plastered with FOTA stickers, no motor homes, no hospitality, no name drivers, no pace, and a yearly budget of just $500,000 to transport it all. If the cars fail to pre-qualify, you can start packing your bags on Saturday rather than Sunday.

    You can be nice about it too. Tell them and the fans in advance what you intend to do so there won’t be any surprises. This could be cheaper than all the lawyers in a fight. Let’s see how much track side signage and TV commercials FOM could sell then. Let Max have his delusional FIA budget Cosworth/Lola/Lotus/Brabham/March el-cheap-o budget spec racer series. Let him be absolute dictator of go-carts. Who cares?

    The FOTA teams could all prominently start advertising “FOTA GP 2010” with large stickers on their cars starting in England at the next race. There is nothing Max or Bernie can do about this. Have every driver wear FOTA hats to the interviews etc. Team uniforms too. Everywhere FOTA will be the big new sponsor.

    Then they could simultaneously can start a FOTA series in 2010 with real cars, real drivers, real sponsors, real financial distribution, real governance, real rules, and real racing. And guess what? Possibly there is another reason for FOTA agreeing to delay another week. On the 19 June deadline, the teams will be racing at the “last until further notice” Silverstone GP. I can’t think of two people who are more unpopular there than MM and BCE. The timing and atmosphere will be ripe for any move that stuffs those two. If you are going to launch a new venture to compete directly against MM & BCE, what could be better venue to announce it at than at Silverstone? Just a thought. Maybe the teams will use my idea and have FOTA stickers on the cars. I know the fans would love it. They would totally eat it up.

    No deals! Hold firm.

  2. It’s funny that MM has been telling us for ages now that Manufacturer CEO’s would force their sports divisions to accept the FIA cost reduction plans & that in fact some had even privately given him their support. Funny then, that those very CEO’s have issued a statement which is very much against HIM.

  3. Well now it must be clear that this is a direct fight against Max Mosley and his methodes in the FIA. FOTA has appealed directly to the senate and the WMSC to stop Max and his methodes. ACEA has made it clear what fight is about to be fought.

    Hence that it is now important for us fans to show where we stand. If you are a supporter of FOTA and initatives to stop Max Mosley, please show your support here:

    “Support FOTA against Mosley” on Facebook –

    Sign the petition “We support FOTA” –

    This is very important, as the fans are the true base of this sport. We need to show where we stand.

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