More, as suggested by several media reports and even declarations of some FOTA representatives during last weekend's British Grand Prix, the teams are no longer willing to commit to a deal with the FIA if Mosley continues as president of the ruling body.
“We have taken our decision and that's it. There is nothing more to discuss. The FIA closed the door on us. We decided to do our own championship. There are no negotiations. I am not interested in what Mosley says. It is not our business any more,” Briatore fumed at the FIA president during the Silverstone weekend.
That's probably why the FOTA have scheduled their meeting this week the very next day after the World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris, on Wednesday. FOTA's CEO Luca di Montezemolo is to attend the FIA summit tomorrow, after which the teams will decide what their next step in the political saga will be.
It is believed that, if the WMSC decides to suspend Mosley from his position as FIA president – or the decision is made for the 69-year old Englishman not to run for another mandate later this year – the rebel teams will revise their rival series agenda and end their standoff. If not, the FOTA is expected to rev up their plans for a rival series on Thursday.
Either way, we have another interesting week ahead of us, with the situation likely to get even more complicated that it already is.