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06/03/09
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F1 teams' demands 'unrealistic' - Mosley  (GMM)  Max Mosley on Wednesday sounded unlikely to end F1's political conflict by surrendering to the existing teams' demands.

With Williams suspended from the FOTA alliance, every other current outfit last Friday lodged 'conditional' entries, as the deadline for signing up for next year's world championship expired.

They made clear their entries would be 'invalid' - thus potentially locking themselves off the 2010 grid - if the FIA did not sign a 2012 Concorde agreement, tear up the proposed budget cap rules, and agree their own cost-limiting proposals.

But when quoted by the Swiss publication Motorsport Aktuell, FIA president Mosley sounded unwilling to submit to the demands.

"We make the rules," he said, referring to the Paris-based federation that has governed the sport since 1950.  "We have done it for 60 years and we are going to continue to do it."

Mosley said he didn't know if the conflict would now proceed towards a solution, but dismissed most of the FOTA proposals as "unrealistic".

For instance, he said the teams' draft of their preferred Concorde agreement was finalized "so late" that it is unreasonable to expect it signed by June 12.

He is also critical of the teams' move in lodging their 2010 entries within hours of the close of the May 29 deadline.

"If seems rather obvious that they were trying to make it difficult for the new teams," said Mosley, also noting the irony of the teams' meeting in glitzy Monaco, on Flavio Briatore's super yacht, to discuss cost cutting.

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