No going back, Rebels to form new series
The leader of the Formula One rebels will go to the headquarters of the sport's ruling body in Paris to tell them that there is no going back on plans for a pirate series.
A source close to Luca Di Montezemolo, the Ferrari president and chairman of the breakaway teams (FOTA), confirmed ahead of this morning's crucial FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting: 'There is no need for us to change our position. We are sticking firm.'
Their defiance reflects a growing conviction among FOTA members - Ferrari, McLaren, Renault, BMW, Toyota, Brawn, Red Bull and Toro Rosso - that they have finally broken free of the old order, having become fed up with FIA president Max Mosley's dictatorial rule and billionaire commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone swallowing up much of the profits.
A FOTA source said: 'The reason it might appear we are adopting a hard-line approach is not personal but practical. We need to get on with setting up our own series. If we hang about waiting for negotiation, we will run out of road.'
But, for Mosley, who will chair Wednesdays meeting, the fight goes on.
In a combative letter to World Motor Sport Council members, he said: 'Over recent weeks it has become increasingly clear that one of the objectives of the dissident teams is that I should resign.
'However, in light of the attack on the mandate you have entrusted to me, I must now reflect on whether my original decision not to stand for re-election was indeed the right one.'
Should he seek re-election in October, it would turn on its head the promise he made last year, following revelations over his involvement in sado-masochistic orgies.
But FOTA, who will meet in the Italian city of Bologna to consider their response to today's developments, are increasingly determined to go it alone - whatever becomes of Mosley. Mail Online