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Last Updated: Monday, 6 February 2006, 11:32 GMT
Mosley defends manufacturer plan
Max Mosley
Mosley's remarks are likely to antagonise F1's car manufacturers
Motorsport boss Max Mosley has defended his idea to deny teams linked with a car manufacturer a share of the sport's revenues from 2008.

Mosley told the BBC the new rules he was proposing for 2008 would save the manufacturers more than 68m a year.

That was more than they were hoping to get from a new commercial settlement.

It was therefore "quite logical to give the money they would have got to the smaller, independent teams to raise the whole standard of the competition".

The manufacturers have objected to the 2008 rules proposals because they consider them to be too restrictive on technology.

Mosley said he had put his idea to commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone, who was "thinking about it".

Of course the car manufacturers are misunderstanding the situation
Max Mosley
FIA president
He said he thought Ecclestone was "quite close" to finalising a deal to end the row that threatens to tear Formula One apart in 2008.

The Grand Prix Manufacturers' Association - which represents Mercedes, BMW, Renault, Honda and Toyota - has threatened to set up a rival championship if its members do not get a larger share of income and a bigger say in the running of F1.

"I think three of the five want to accept what's on the table and then the other two are still arguing," Mosley said.

And he rejected claims by the GPMA that his idea had overstepped the FIA's remit.

The FIA agreed in 2001 to limit itself to a regulatory role with no involvement in Formula One's commercial affairs after a lengthy European Union anti-trust probe.

But Mosley said: "They seem to think we shouldn't be saying anything because we don't do the commercial side of the sport.

"But of course they are misunderstanding the situation, which is we mustn't profit from any of the different championships we regulate.

Ferrari must not be seen as an integral part of a car manufacturing team but must be viewed as a private entity
Luca di Montezemolo
Ferrari president
"But that doesn't stop us from saying about any particular championship that the people who have a great deal of money should get less and the people who have less money should get more."

Mosley's remarks are the latest salvo in a long-running dispute between the FIA and the GPMA over the future of the sport.

They are likely to be seen as an attempt to persuade the manufacturers to sign up to Ecclestone's latest offer.

F1's existing commercial agreement expires at the end of 2007.

Only half the teams - including Ferrari and Williams - have so far agreed new terms.

Mosley wants to ensure independent teams are not driven out of F1 by the richer manufacturer outfits.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said at the launch of the team's latest F1 car last month that the Italian team could not be bracketed with the likes of Toyota or Mercedes.

"Ferrari must not be seen as an integral part of a car manufacturing team but must be viewed as a private entity," Di Montezemolo said.

Recent comments by both sides in the stand-off had suggested that a deal was close.

Ecclestone has been quoted saying a deal could be done before the first race of the season, the Bahrain Grand Prix on 12 March.

And Renault F1 president Patrick Faure said last week: "I really think we can be more optimistic than we could have been six months or a year ago.

"We have moved forward in many directions. It seems that now everybody is conscious that a good compromise from all would be a good solution for the future of Formula One."

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