Wednesday 13th May 2009
In the wake of threats from various teams to withdraw from Formula One if the proposed budget cap is implemented, F1 head honcho Bernie Ecclestone has called for calm.
Ferrari yesterday added their voice to a chorus of discontent that includes BMW-Sauber, Toyota and Red Bull regarding the FIA's plans to introduce a £40million budget cap from next year.
FIA chief Max Mosley has in the past said that Formula One can survive without the Italian giants, but Ecclestone has now moved to quell such suggestions.
"I'm not one to talk about perfect marriages," Ecclestone told The Times, making reference to his recent divorce.
"But this is a perfect marriage. Formula One is Ferrari and Ferrari is Formula One. It's as simple as that and it is not going to change."
Ecclestone added that he hoped that the discord would be resolved in a timely fashion, without any of the teams becoming a casualty of the situation.
"I hope common sense will prevail because the last thing we want to do is lose any of the manufacturers or teams currently in Formula One," added the Brit.
The FIA and the teams' association FOTA are reportedly set to meet later this week in an attempt to resolve the conflict.
Source : Planet F1