Mosley Advised Teams to Lodge Conditional Entries

Another piece of information regarding the ongoing dispute between the FIA and the teams' association (FOTA) surfaced late yesterday, when BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen revealed it was Max Mosley himself who told the 9 outfits forming the aforementioned body to lodge “conditional” entries by the May 29 deadline.

The term 'conditional entry' came from Mosley,” said Theissen, as reported by the SID news agency, who confirmed that the FIA president advised them to apply for a 2010 entry, while attaching their conditions.

In light of this new discovery, it seems highly unlikely that Mosley and the teams' representatives won't be reaching a compromise soon enough, as it would have been simpler for the 69-year old Brit to just let the teams miss their deadline if he really wanted them out of the picture.

That isn't to mean the FIA president doesn't feel strongly about the proposed budget caps, just that the latest statements – like the ones yesterday, when he told the 9 teams to go make their own championship if they wanted new rules – are only a way to show off before the media. Or, better said, show the public who's the boss.

The shortcut was produced, as it seems, when Mosley actually went over the proposals coming from the FOTA. In addition to not accepting any form of budget capping in Formula One, the teams have made their own agenda on how to cut costs inside the sport – looked upon as a defeat for Mosley – while also pushing for a more financially-favorable Concorde Agreement to be signed.

The FIA president revealed, earlier this week, that he considers FOTA's demands as being unrealistic and reminded the teams that only the FIA has the power to rule in Formula One. Commenting on his “advice” to start a breakaway series, Theissen preferred to keep calm.

All I can say is that we want to come to a solution with the FIA. We are open and ready to talk,” said the BMW boss.
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