The Comeback Of FOTA? A United Front For The Teams
There is a lot of talk at the moment of a push to create a new united front for all of the Formula One teams to protect their interests in negotiations with F1’s new owners Liberty Media (Or the newly named FOG – Formula One Group). Although it is difficult to see how there can be such a unification amongst teams with such different aims. Clearly those at the top of the tree (Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull & McLaren) want to hold onto their financial advantage whilst the others would all want the exact opposite. Could this lead to two different teams organisations fighting? A civil war amongst the teams if you like.
Whatever the result of these rumours, it seems to be clear that no real change can be affected before 2020 when the current teams agreements are up for renewal, unless teams waiver the rights to their bonus money which you and I both know, will never happen! Although the best result for the fans and the smaller teams is that a more equitable distribution of wealth is agreed, and might just be enough to stave off an impending EU investigation of a complaint filed by Force India and Sauber about F1’s anti-competitive practices.
It certainly looks like Chase Carey, Ross Brawn & Co could all have quite a lot of interesting negotiations ahead of them.