Ferrari have just sent out a mailshot asking their website users to vote on whether the Formula One Teams Association has made the right decision to organise a new championship next year, as an alternate to F1.
The reason for the mail and it’s timing are obvious: the World Motor Sport Council convenes tomorrow at the FIA’s Paris headquarters.
They will discuss, among other things, what to do about the F1 teams that are planning to bunk off and start their own race series.
FOTA are trying to show the FIA that they have every intention of doing this, if their demands aren’t met for the 2010 season and beyond.
At the WMSC meeting, FOTA chairman – and, coincidentally, head of Ferrari – Luca di Montezemolo will come face-to-face with FIA president Max Mosley.
It’s expected that how these two conduct themselves will be a strong indication as to what will happen with the future of the sport.
If it’s confrontational, then a breakaway looks all the more inevitable.
Mosley sent a letter to the FIA today, telling them that he could see no other option but to stand for re-election again this year, despite him saying in 2008 that he wouldn’t.
This is what Max does. He sets the teams up around election time, they fall into his trap and kick off, he says he’s obviously the only man for the job when the teams are being so difficult, he gets back into office.
Personally, I still don’t believe there will be a breakaway series next season, or that Mosley won’t be president for another term, or that F1 won’t be at Silverstone.
But what do you think?