SBD/Issue 216/Leagues & Governing Bodies

Engine, Engine No. 9: F1 Teams Again Threatening Withdrawal

The Grand Prix Manufacturer’s Association (GPMA), which includes BMW, Honda, Mercedes, Renault and Toyota, is again “threatening to withdraw” from F1, and “is expected to escalate the dispute this week” when it meets with FIA President Max Mosley, according to Dominic O’Connell of the LONDON TIMES. At issue is Mosley’s plan “to halt engine development between 2008 and 2011.” GPMA Chair and outgoing BMW head of engineering Burkhard Goeschel said, “Why would any manufacturer want to invest in a sport where they can’t showcase their technical expertise?” Honda Racing Development VP Otmar Szafnauer added, “We are at a very important milestone for F1, a situation I have not seen in the sport before. Freezing technology is anathema to motor sport.” A senior F1 source said that the engine dispute is “a symptom of a wider power struggle between the manufacturers and the FIA.” The source said, “The manufacturers are spending [US$257.9-$386.8M] each year on their teams and yet feel they don’t have a proper say. Mosley doesn’t want the manufacturers to run the show –- he wants to go back to the old days of more privateer cars and the races being decided by the skills of the driver” (LONDON TIMES, 8/6).

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