Ferrari head to court as budget cap row heats up

The sport's heavyweight applies for injunction to stop proposed rule changes

Formula One remained poised on the brink last night after crunch talks between Max Mosley, Bernie Ecclestone and the teams failed to resolve issues arising from the governing body's insistence on a £40m voluntary budget cap in 2010.

The meeting, at Heathrow, was compromised when Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, also the president of the Formula One Teams Association and one of the prime protagonists against Mosley, was unable to attend due to the death of his father. He was represented by Stefano Domenicali, Ferrari team principal.

It also transpired that Ferrari have applied to a French court for an injunction against the proposed changes in Formula One, which they claim breach their right of technical veto, and the closure of entries to the 2010 championship by the end of May. "During the meeting it became apparent that Ferrari have made an application to the French courts, and I don't know the details, but it is to apply for an injunction to stop us doing what we want to do," Mosley admitted.

Earlier this week the Italian team, the heavyweight of the sport and the only one to have contested every world championship since 1950, allied with Toyota, Red Bull and Renault in threatening to withdraw at the end of this season unless fundamental revisions are made to the new regulations.

The teams are opposed to a two-tier system in which those who sign up to the voluntary budget cap will be allowed to run a superior technical package which would include a more powerful engine and more efficient aerodynamics. They are also seeking revisions in the governance of the sport as they are becoming increasingly frustrated by Mosley's dictatorial modus operandi.

By the end of the meeting no solution was agreed, and as the teams left for another meeting to discuss alternatives, Mosley insisted that unless they could think of anything else the budget cap would go ahead.

"It was quite a friendly meeting," he said afterwards, "but in the end all that happened was that the teams have gone off to see if they can come up with something better than the cost cap.

"We explained we cannot put back the entry date, as this has all been published, and we cannot disadvantage the potential new teams who will come in. But we are prepared to listen to whatever they have to say.

"In the meantime, the regulations are as published. We have explained that we want everyone to race under the same regulations. We have explained that we would like all of the teams to come in under the cost cap and that is what they have gone off to consider.

"It would mean a gradual relaxation of the technical regulations – which all the engineers would want. We said in the end the choice was between intellectual freedom and financial constraint, or intellectual constraint and financial freedom – which is what they have had up until now.

"We have pointed out, and it is something the engineers have said, that current F1 consists of endless refinement at enormous expense and we want to move away from that and have invention and creativity, but we can only do that if we restrict the cost – because if we have unrestricted cost nobody would be able to afford it."

Ferrari versus F1: The story so far

*30 April 09

FIA president Max Mosley announces introduction of £40m budget cap from 2010. Teams who do not comply will face penalties.

*2 May

Ferrari's Luca di Montezemolo says budget cap "unfair".

*10

May Toyota threaten to pull out of F1, Ferrari follow suit the next day.

*13 May

Renault join list of teams stating they will pull out of F1 if the budget cap goes through.

*15 May

F1 teams meet Max Mosley. FIA maintains stance. Ferrari apply to French court for an injunction.

News
people'It can last and it's terrifying'
Sport
Radamel Falcao
footballManchester United agree loan deal for Monaco striker Falcao
Sport
Louis van Gaal, Radamel Falcao, Arturo Vidal, Mats Hummels and Javier Hernandez
footballFalcao, Hernandez, Welbeck and every deal live as it happens
Sport
footballFeaturing Bart Simpson
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
peopleA spokesperson said the support group was 'extremely disappointed'
Voices
A man shoots at targets depicting a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a shooting range in the center of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv
voicesIt's cowardice to pretend this is anything other than an invasion
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand performs live
music Pro-independence show to take place four days before vote
News
news Video - hailed as 'most original' since Benedict Cumberbatch's
Arts and Entertainment
booksNovelist takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Arts and Entertainment
The eyes have it: Kate Bush
music
News
i100
Life and Style
tech

Apple agrees deal with Visa on contactless payments

Life and Style
techIf those brochure kitchens look a little too perfect to be true, well, that’s probably because they are
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor