Mosley: "F1 Would be Just as Good without Manufacturers!"

It seems every time Bernie Ecclestone tries to give a hand to a struggling manufacturer to get him to stay in Formula One for the long run, soon-to-be-retired FIA president Max Mosley is right there ruining the whole thing.

Now that everyone's “mourning” the withdrawal of German manufacturer BMW from the sport and the overall impression is that other car makers are to follow – all eyes are set at Renault for the moment – Mosley comes in and insists the sport could very well survive it without any major downsides.

As far as the 69-year old Brit is concerned, the new teams lined up to make a Formula One debut next year are just as competitive and fan-attracting as any of the F1 manufacturers currently involved in the series. After stating that Ferrari's potential quit from F1 would not hit the sport too hard – earlier this year – Mosley doesn't seem too worried with BMW's exit either.

If any more manufacturers quit we've got people who'd replace them. I think F1 will be very healthy with or without the manufacturers. Teams are making efforts to reduce (costs) but we don't think they've gone far enough or fast enough,” Mosley said in an interview with the BBC.

In addition to accusing the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) for the entire BMW situation, Mosley insisted that the efforts made by the car makers to reduce costs inside Formula One are not enough. Also, he doesn't seem too impressed with the latest announcements coming from the other F1 manufacturers either, although these are actually confirmations of their commitment to the sport.

There are rumors, but there are always rumors, so we don't pay attention until we get concrete information,” added Mosley.
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