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Offline j15

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FORMULA ONE was thrown into disarray on the eve of the British Grand Prix meeting as the Formula One Teams Association announced it would be setting up a rival championship to that organised by the sport's governing body, FIA, next season.

The Geneva-based FOTA - which consists of McLaren-Mercedes, BMW Sauber, Renault, Toyota, Brawn GP, Ferrari, Red Bull and Toro Rosso - has been opposed to FIA's plans to introduce rule changes over a proposed budget cap for next season and other plans for the future of the sport.

Williams and Force India, however, have accepted the new framework, along with the three new teams: USF1, Campos and Manor.

However, in a statement from FOTA obtained by AFP the rebel teams make it clear that they are ready to launch a breakaway as of the next campaign.

"It has become clear that the stables cannot continue to make compromises on the fundamental values of the sport,'' read the statement.

"They have refused to modify the conditions regarding their signing up to the 2010 world championship.

"The teams have no other alternative but to begin to prepare for a new championship which reflects the values of the competitors and their sponsors.

"This series will have a transparent governing body, one single set of rules, it would encourage new entrants, would willingly listen to the fans wishes, which includes lower admission prices throughout the world, for the sponsors and major shareholders.''

Offline dkabab

but are they bluffing? have to wait and see i guess. would be a shame to see this happen though, but it would also be great if f1 turned into 'no rules' designed cars. to build the absolute pinnacle of motor racing.

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Looks like they have all kissed and made up. No chance of the Adelaide GP track being used then.


As the media contemplates the opposing fortunes of the two Red Bull teams, Toro Rosso's boss has revealed that the Faenza-based outfit operates with a budget about half that of Grand Prix-winning Red Bull Racing.

Asked by Switzerland's Blick to comment upon Toro Rosso's budget in comparison with the approximately 200m Euros spend of the parent team, Franz Tost answered: "Let's say it's half."

The contrast between the pair, who have moved further apart this year in readiness for next year's ban on customer cars, was never starker than at Silverstone, where Sebastian Vettel won while the similar-looking STR4s battled with the backmarkers.
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While Tost is for now holding off fitting a double diffuser because it will cost 500,000 Euros, Adrian Newey's British GP update for the RB5 amounted to about 2 million, another Swiss publication, Motorsport Aktuell, said.

Tost said his Faenza office receives all technical drawings from Newey's Red Bull Technology, but "first we need to know if they work (on the) Red Bull."

An initial double diffuser will be fitted to the STR4 in Hungary, while Red Bull Racing race ahead with the third generation of the rear aerodynamic concept.

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