Motorsport governing body, The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), plan to sue Ferrari and the seven other Formula One teams threatening to set up a breakaway championship next season, for breach of contract.Good luck with that, "Supremo." Williams was good a couple of decades ago. Otherwise ... yeah, sure, sounds like something I'd be frothingly anxious to pay to see. Sure.
Following meetings between FIA president Max Mosley and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone at Silverstone on Friday, the FIA has now decided legal action is their only course of action.
Confirming their intentions, a statement read: "The FIA's lawyers have now examined the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) threat to begin a breakaway series.
"The actions of FOTA as a whole, and Ferrari in particular, amount to serious violations of law including wilful interference with contractual relations, direct breaches of Ferrari's legal obligations and a grave violation of competition law.
"The FIA will be issuing legal proceedings without delay. Preparations for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship continue but publication of the final entry list will be put on hold while the FIA asserts its legal rights."
Meanwhile, Formula One's sole commercial rights holder and overall supremo, Bernie Ecclestone, has dismissed the threat of the eight FOTA teams breaking away to form a new championship.
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Currently only five teams have committed to racing in next season's championship: Williams and Force India, who were expelled from FOTA for agreeing to participate, and new teams Campos GP, Manor F1 and Team US F1.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Bernie: it's called retirement. Try it, you bizarre little gnome: